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24 May 2024

Pou Soreachny & Soeung Nimol, CamboJA

Cambodia: Workers urge govt. to expedite repatriation process and they could face livelihood struggle

"Cambodian Female Workers in Saudi Arabia Beg To Return Home Soon, Need To Find Jobs, Income", 24 May 2024

The remaining female workers in Saudi Arabia posted a video on Facebook … urging the Cambodian government to speed up the process to bring them home after waiting for a month.

…, the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training said it would cooperate with the Cambodian embassy in Egypt to rescue and repatriate 78 people who were allegedly forced to work long hours and with little food in Saudi Arabia.

The workers went to work in Saudi Arabia through Cambodian firm Fatina Manpower Co Ltd…

One of the women said they posted a video on social media asking for assistance …, and it went viral. Minister of Labor and Vocational Training Heng Sour also took action immediately to transfer them to a safe place. The women are now in a safe place with adequate food, but they cannot wait to come home…

“I want to ask the company in Cambodia to explain why I haven’t returned to Cambodia yet. Even though we have enough to eat here, it is very difficult because we cannot go anywhere. Please Prime Minister Hun Manet, please help us.”

The women also asked for Hun Manet’s intervention to return home as they need to start looking for jobs to support their families…

… Meanwhile, Cambodian firm Fatina Manpower said the current settlement is being coordinated by the Cambodian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Cambodia’s labor ministry and the relevant ministries of Saudi Arabia.

“Previous labor disputes were resolved in stages according to the procedures of the respective ministries in the relevant country with the participation of the ambassador,” the company told …