This video says about itself:
Kuwaiti authorities have closed down the office of the Al Jazeera news channel in Kuwait City.
In a statement, Kuwait’s ministry on Information described Al Jazeera’s coverage as “intervention in a Kuwaiti domestic issue”.
It follows a police crackdown on Wednesday in which four Kuwaiti MPs and at least a dozen others were injured.
Al Jazeera’s Shiulie Ghosh reports.
From the Kuwait Times:
Maid: Employer tried to gouge out my eyes
Published Date: August 04, 2011
By Ben Garcia, Staff Writer
KUWAIT: A Filipina domestic helper who was rendered blind by her sponsor sought assistance from the Philippines Embassy yesterday after making a miraculous escape on July 27. She worked with her employer for a year without being paid, enduring severe torture since she began working with the employer in August 2010. The housemaid, named Angela, 24, is a native of Lanao Del Sur Philippines. She formally lodged complaints with the local police station on Tuesday, acting on the advice of the embassy’s Assistance to National unit.
According to her account, she endured ruthless treatment under the hands of her employer. “My female employer attempted to gouge out eyes with her fingernails several times,” a visibly somber Angela told Kuwait Times yesterday. “My eyes were severely bleeding, I can see only darkness. They took me to a hospital for treatment. Both my eyes were hurt. I didn’t know what to do that time. All I ever wanted to do was to escape. I have no other chances as all the doors were locked,” she said.
Angela recalled being treated like an animal, with her sponsors slamming her head against the wall, strangulating her, pounding her feet until it bled, burning her with flat iron, constant kicking and depriving her of food. She also suffered from serious emotional trauma due to death threats issued to her and not being in touch with family members. Angela also claimed to never have received monthly salary although her employer asked her to sign an undertaking stating that she received it.
On July 27, Angela escaped when her employer forgot to close the main door. An Asian couple helped her and brought her to the embassy. Old and fresh bruises are still evident on her body. Both of her hands are still swollen, there were burn marks, broken and swollen fingers, feet, face, broken nose and the most brutal act – attempt to blind her with fingernails, leaving her partially blind.
She believes that she was deliberately blinded by her employer because two of her sons were blind. Angela’s health condition deteriorated after performing back-breaking work to accommodate the needs of her bosses. Philippine Labor Attaché to Kuwait David Des Dicang promised to assist Angela and ensure that justice is meted out.
Kuwait’s abused domestic workers have ‘nowhere to turn’: here.
Man arrested for raping his brother’s maid in Kuwait: here.
Britain: HUNDREDS of migrant domestic workers will be gathering in Old Palace Yard, Westminster at 11.00 am this Sunday to demonstrate against the government’s proposed changes to the domestic workers visa: here.
‘NO return to slavery, we are workers!’ chanted over 200 migrant domestic workers and their supporters outside Parliament yesterday: here.