I have to say that reading the article below is not the first I have heard of this kind of thing. I have been a witness to man inhumanity to man first hand when I worked in Kuwait and Iraq. I can remember times that my eyes would fill with tears as I listened to the stories the “TCN” drivers would tell me of how they were living and what they had to endure, not to mention how many times I heard of how the “TCN” females were treated. I asked myself several times, “What could be so bad in their home country, that would make coming here to Kuwait & Iraq seem better?” I, being lucky enough to ahve been born and raised in the United States, have never had to live through what some of these people live through every day.
I usually try to bring ya’ll upbeat, happy, and positive stories from Kuwait and Iraq because we all get to much bad news from over there as it is now. BUT, this story I have to bring to your attention. To not do so, would be in my mind a way of saying that this kind of treatment is ok with me, and IT ISN’T! This truely breaks my heart!

Filipino Worker Recounts Escape From Iraq
Desperate Man Helped 40+ Others Flee Involuntary Servitude for Contractor
By DAVID PHINNEY 06/13/2007 12:09 PM ET
Ramil Autencio sitting in front of his home in Manila, Philippines, Fall 2006.

David Phinney

Ramil Autencio sitting in front of his home in Manila, Philippines, Fall 2006.

Showers to wash off the day’s sweat were an uncertainty, and in the chilly January and February nights of 2004, he and seven other Filipinos would live in an empty truck with no windows, sleep on cardboard boxes for a bed, and eat leftovers and meals-ready-to-eat from soldiers. It was the only way to have enough food. He says crackling gunfire and crashing incoming mortar would wake him at all hours of the night and the unfortified trailer would tremble and shake from nearby rocket blasts.

It was not what he had planned at all.

Recruitment

Trained as an air conditioning repairman and technician, Autencio says his recruiter in the Philippines agreed to place him in a two-year job at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Kuwait for $450 a month — maybe more with overtime. But when he arrived at the Kuwait airport, he was quickly shuttled to a rundown apartment building managed by First Kuwaiti General Trading and Contracting, a Kuwaiti firm doing a booming multimillion-dollar business with the US military and the Pentagon’s primary support contractor KBR. To date, the company has billed the US government perhaps $2 billion for work in Iraq, including the $592-million US embassy in Baghdad now nearing completion.

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Written by WhiteRose

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