Most of the Bangladeshi woman workers employed as domestic helps in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were returning home due to mental stress, according to the Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry.
While some of the woman workers were returning home after being abused, tortured, most were homebound due to mental stress after working as domestic help in Saudi household where their inability to speak Arabic put them under duress, the EWOE ministry officials said.
State minister of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry Imran Ahmad, who recently led a Bangladesh delegation to the Saudi Arabia, told New Age that the domestic workers suffer mental stress in Saudi Arabia as they were confined to the Arab houses without mastering the skill to communicate in the employers’ language.
The lack of Arabic language skills put the workers in an uneasy situation and the state minister observed that the enhancement of language skill, specifically spoken Arabic, among woman workers could remove 90 per cent of the problems.
The minister pointed out that if spoken Arabic is taught to the children in mosques and madrassahs across Bangladesh, it would be of great help to the job seekers who would seek employment in the Middle East in future.
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