In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 15th, July, 2020

SS2 Pupil Who Was Assaulted By Her Employer In Lebanon Tells Her Heartbreaking Story

SS2 Pupil Who Was Assaulted By Her Employer In Lebanon Tells Her Heartbreaking Story

Emumwen Purity

Emumwen Purity

Earlier than leaving Nigeria for “greener pastures” in Lebanon, Emumwen Purity was in SS2, taking good care of her three sisters. Her father was within the village, serving to her sick mother, whereas her two brothers are away in Ghana.

Hardship took a toll on her and her sisters in Benin, the Edo State capital. Purity had two choices. She both waits on her aunty in Italy to organize an invitation for her or go to Lebanon on the recommendation of a good friend, work for 2 years and lift cash to return to highschool.

Purity settled for the latter however quickly regretted her choice. She was one of many just lately rescued Nigerians flown into the nation from Lebanon on Saturday. She shares her modern-day slavery expertise within the western Asia nation with SaharaReporters.

How did you make the journey to Lebanon?                            

My good friend came around me in Benin and requested me if I want to journey. Initially, I stated no. I instructed her I used to be nonetheless in class (SS2) and that I wished to complete college and go to Italy to satisfy my aunty.

Then my aunt referred to as. She stated she was nonetheless struggling to get her papers. So, I went to satisfy my good friend and I accepted her journey supply.

I instructed my father about it however he stated no. So, I referred to as my brother in Ghana and requested him if I might journey. He stated, ‘is that place good?’ I stated ‘sure,’ as a result of they deceived me. I used to be in a position to persuade my father as nicely. My good friend took me to Lagos to satisfy one Aunty Mariam, the agent who organized my journey papers.

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 She uploaded my image on a Lebanese database for wished home assist.

I requested Aunty Mariam which work I’d be doing in Lebanon. She stated the work wouldn’t be too troublesome. “It is simply to maintain little children and take them to highschool,” she stated. She stated I’d have my room and would get at some point off within the week. I left for Lebanon from Lagos on April 23, 2019.

So, how did issues prove while you reached Lebanon?

My first madam got here to choose me on the airport. She lives in a giant, four-storey constructing. She stated I’d be cleansing it daily however I had not accomplished that earlier than.

I did it for 5 days and I went to satisfy the madam. I stated, “please, is that this the work I should be doing?’ She stated sure. I stated, “Please, I need to go and speak to the workplace and inform them I can not do that work; it is too troublesome.” She was very form to me. She took me to the workplace, they usually assigned me to a different house. 

Issues have been troublesome in my new house. The madam and her kids fought with me. My madam has two children. I went to the hospital twice as a results of this. They stated I used to be not dwelling in the appropriate manner; that I do not get up early. They instructed completely different lies in opposition to me.

This household denied the privileges Aunty Mariam promised me (at some point off and entry to my cellphone).

I normally ate my first meal of the day by 2pm. I’d end my work earlier than I ate breakfast. For 4 months, I missed my menstruation. I felt dizzy; my eyes have been at all times turning. I might barely stand. I normally ate my second and final meal of the day by 9pm. They referred to as my father for me to talk with him each 15 days. If I talked for greater than 10 minutes, the subsequent 15 days, they’d refuse to name my father for me.

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Did you speak to your father of their presence?

Sure, they’d sit with me however I did not converse English. I spoke in my native language. I instructed my father all they have been doing to me however I might not inform my mother as a result of she is sick

I did not inform my father all the things in order that he doesn’t get too anxious. I stored making an attempt my finest till I might not take it anymore. I instructed them to take me to the workplace; that I did not need to work once more. I want I might present you the centre of my hair; they lower it off. My physique has scars of the beatings. I sleep at 11pm and get up by 5pm. If I wake up by 5:30, it could be a giant downside for me. My good friend who linked me to Aunty Mariam can be in Lebanon however we’ve got not spoken in 15 months.

How did you attain out to Venture Ferry and different individuals who helped you come back to Nigeria?

There was a time I had tremors throughout my physique. I went to satisfy my madam to present me a little bit drugs in order that I might return to work. 

My madam stated I used to be at all times complaining. She pushed me out of the door, saying I am a nasty lady. So, I took a little bit knife and made a brief mark on my hand and the ache stopped instantly.

I wished to return to work however my madam’s mom noticed what I did. So, they began preventing me; telling me I wished to kill them. That was after they took me to the Nigerian embassy in Lebanon. 

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I did not even know that there was anyplace like that. After we reached there, my madam lied that she took excellent care of me and that I wished to kill them. Earlier than the embassy organized my paperwork, my madam and her mom slapped me.

So what are your plans now that you’re again to Nigeria?

I plan to return to my place and full my schooling.

Since you do not have a lot cash and your father remains to be within the village, how do you intend to complete your schooling?

There are two selections in my thoughts. It’s both I’m going again to my place, begin a small enterprise or I am going to attempt to be a part of my aunty in Italy. However, I pray God helps me to return to highschool.


Supply: SaharaReporters

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