A Ghanaian lady, Maame Lydia, has returned from Kurdistan, where she travelled to seek greener pastures, with a chilling account of maltreatment, excessive work, poor working conditions and abuse.
Maame Lydia narrates her experience on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, where she disclosed that working in Kurdistan was ”terrible, horrible and full of regrets
Speaking to host Kwabena Agyapong, Maame Lydia said she spent Ghc2,500 and used an agent to travel to Kurdistan to work.
According to her, it was not as easy as people made it seem.
To her, you will regret travelling to that country to seek greener pastures and has advised young ladies who are planning to travel to the Gulf States or any of the Asian countries to work as maids to reconsider their decision.
She recounted how another young Ghanaian lady died in Kurdistan, and her employers demanded Ghc8,000 before the mortal remains of the deceased would released to her bereaved family.
She disclosed that her family could not pay the money, hence their relative was buried in Kurdistan.
Maame Lydia added she left Ghana to Kurdistan in 2018 to work and returned to Ghana in 2021 after working for almost three years.
She further revealed that she was accused of stealing her employer’s gold and was threatened to be prosecuted despite not knowing anything about the incident.
She had to leave the employer after she was assaulted.
”When you travel to Kurdistan, you have to work for three years before you can return home. The contract is signed for three years, and if you want to return home when your contract has not expired, you will be responsible for your travel expenses. But when you finish serving for three years, the cost of returning to Ghana would be paid for.”
She stressed the need for young ladies not to rush in travelling to these countries to work because the experience is nothing to write home about.
Meanwhile, she stated she managed to save up to about Ghc30,000 for the period of three years she worked in Kurdistan.
She is currently operating a mini provision shop but regrets her experience ”I travelled because I was going through financial hardship. I will never travel to Kurdistan no matter the amount involved. The experience for me was life-threatening. I was washing cars in the snow. The food I was given too was not healthy and nutritious”.