African domestic worker, Sarah Nassanga, gets a heart-warming valediction in the Middle East. The unfortunate situations of some African domestic workers in the Middle East are well documented. But like every story, there is another side to the coin.
In Sarah’s story and the family she worked for, we encounter a different story. After six years of service, Sarah Nassanga’s farewell is so comforting that Afrinik cannot help but share this season of goodwill.
It is Christmas. So we want to bring you a heartwarming story. You know, the horror stories we hear about African maids in the Middle East and how they are treated. Or I should say how they are mistreated and abused.
Well, there’s always an exception. Sarah has been part of this family for six years, and now she is returning to her home country, Uganda, to marry and start her own family.
For the part of her wife’s boss and to thank her for all her kindness, as she was giving her a big brawn envelope, She said: “we don’t know how much your wedding is going to cost you, but we just wanna pay for all of your wedding expenses. To show you how much we love you.”
The family decided to give her a couple of surprises before she leaves: “from all of us that we love you so much that we’re going to miss you so much and we just want you to know that this is always going to be your home part of this family”. Those words left Sarah Nassanga with no option other than to cry. Isn’t that sweet?
While the Ugandan domestic worker was responding to the interview, she said: “They are not only my bosses. They are my brothers. He’s my brother. She’s my sister, and they’re my friends”.
According to our great ancestor, Chinua Achebe, “stereotypes are not necessarily malicious. It may be well-meaning and even friendly, but in every case, the show carelessness or laziness or indifference of attitude that implies that the object of our categorization is not worth the trouble of the individual assessment”.
That is for those who think that everyone from the Middle East is a monster to domestic workers from Africa. It is also for those who stereotype any group of people to stop it.