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Ministry of Labour Undersecretary of State Osthman Hassan (right) speaks to the press on Monday night after Maari Sanaa (second left) returned home after 12 years in Saudi Arabia.
Ministry of Labour Undersecretary of State Osthman Hassan (right) speaks to the press on Monday night after Maari Sanaa (second left) returned home after 12 years in Saudi Arabia. Fresh News

Cambodian returns home after 12 years allegedly stuck in Saudi Arabia

Maari Sanaa, a Cham Muslim woman from Kampong Thom province, returned home on Monday night after spending 12 years apparently stranded in Saudi Arabia. Earlier this month Maari Sanaa posted a Facebook video plea from Riyadh saying she had not spoken to her family in more than a decade and did not know how to reach them.

“Please help me. I came here 12 years ago. I cannot come back to Cambodia and I have no Khmer people to help make me a passport,” she said in the video, claiming the company that sent her there had ‘cheated’ her and withheld her salary.

Cambodia has established a memorandum of understanding to open a pipeline of domestic workers to the Gulf state, though it has yet to go into effect.

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