From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Apr 26 2009 - 18:52:40 EDT
Bahrain Agencies Hire Maids from Eritrea, Uganda and Nigeria
27 April 2009
MANAMA - Recruitment agencies have opted to supply housemaids from
Eritrea, Uganda and Nigeria after a ban on Ethiopian maids came into
?effect last week.
Owner of Al Hubil Recruitment Agency, Abad Redha Al Basri, told ?Khaleej
Times on Sunday that agencies had started contacting recruitment
agencies from African countries ?to get potential candidates to be
?hired in Bahrain. "Female candidates working from Eritrea, Uganda and
Nigeria share the same culture and could be hired with similar low cost
of the ?Ethiopian maids."
The new measure was taken after the General Directorate of Nationality,
Passport and Resident stopped processing work permits for Ethiopian
maids without clarifying reasons or publishing official statement.
He said that the new candidates were expected to ask for BD50 monthly
salary, which is similar to the salaries of Ethiopian maids. "We need at
lease one month to receive applications from those countries, so many
limited income families have to wait to get maids." Al Basri said that
many Bahraini families prefer Indian maids because of the culture
similarity but the condition of fix deposit of BD1000 in the ?maids'
bank accounts, imposed by the Indian embassy, stopped most families from