Middle East

'Trapped' illegal workers in KSA look to virus for escape

Mask-clad Sudanese electrician Hatem, a 45-year-old poor debt-ridden worker with an expired residence permit, lives in hiding to avoid arrest in the Saudi capital Riyadh on June 6, 2020. The pandemic has laid bare what activists call systemic injustices roiling the lives of blue-collar foreign workers in Saudi Arabia -- overcrowded housing, exploitative employers and a lack of effective recourse. The problems is rooted in the "kafala" sponsorship system, described by critics as a modern form of

 

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