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Ugandan girls rescued from Saudi prison



Some of Ugandan girls rotting in Saudi Arabian prisons have been rescued.

The girls were rescued over the weekend by Uganda’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dr. Rashid Ssemuddu.

On Friday, the minister of Gender, Muruli Mukasa, issued a statement banning the exportation of girls to Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.

He cited horrible conditions under which the girls have been working.

Ugandan ambassador Dr. Ssemuddu on Saturday visited Riyadh detention centre where girls were being detained.

The rescued girls told the ambassador harrowing tales of how they are trafficked through Kenya without passports.

Passports used for travel are forged in Kenya.

The girls also revealed names of companies that have been trafficking them.

Panicky agencies quickly promised to send the girls’ tickets to help them return home.

For example, one company sent an eticket to the Ugandan embassy in the names of Rebecca Namitala, who is currently detained at Riyadh Detention Centre.


She is expected to return home today, Monday.

In a video, girls are seen sending each other notes asking their colleagues to avail them phones so they can make calls and get help.

They have been meeting secretly on rubbish heaps in secluded areas.

Meanwhile, three of the girls have already left Saudi for Uganda after being rescued.

Five more are expected in the country today as those in Dubai also tell of their pain.

Some of the rescued girls hitherto working as domestic workers in Saudi Arabia, also shared their horrific experiences with Uganda’s Embassy.


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