From time immemorial, Bangladesh’s working-class people have fueled their economic wheel and set their family’s condition in motion by sacrificing their happiness in foreign lands.
This book is my small effort to shine the torch on their plight on foreign soil.
I have been observing the doomed souls’ silent tears and hearing their heartbreaking stories for the last eight years.In 2014, I heard another inhuman story from several people. Their company rented a garage-like space for 49 people. There was no kitchen, and no decent bathroom. When they came home from work, they had to take turns cooking on a heating stove. They had to queue up if they wanted to use the bathroom. After spending twelve hours working and another two hours of traveling, they came to the room after fourteen hours, ate, and went to bed at about midnight. After sleeping only for three hours, those poor fellows again had to get up early and line up to go to the bathroom. The company bus arrived between four and five in the morning to take them to work. The bus did not have any air conditioning. A medium-sized bus packed with 50/51 people and an hour-long ride in the Middle East’s sweltering heat is not desirable for a healthy person. Keeping the windows open was not an available option because of desert sandstorms. It’s like roasting a living person on slow heat.
In this book, you will discover how the migrant workers in the Middle East are being exploited. These poor migrant workers struggle with facing hard work in a foreign land.
There are stories about the daily toil of a gardener and a cook whose name is Hossein. There is a story about 49 people living in a storage facility: 50/51 people commuting in a medium-sized bus without air conditioning. Keeping the windows open was not an available option because of desert sandstorms. An hour-long ride in the Middle East’s sweltering heat is not desirable for a healthy person; it’s like roasting a living person in slow heat.
The book also contains a story of a girl who was forced to become a sex slave; of 14 persons live in a small room. And a story of a driver and his wife who were victims of rape by their employer.
At the end of the book readers will be familiar with Middle East culture, customs, geography, and economic conditions.
I loved this book. It give me great insight about the different cultures and traditions around the world. I’m not finished reading it yet but so far so good. I give it 5 stars, without a doubt.
I love this book! Haven’t read a book in such a long and after reading this, it makes me want to pick up another book immediately! Highly recommend this!
A must read book. Don’t wait!!
Such a well written and comprehensive account of the plight of many of these workers. The author articulates their struggle so well. Definitely a must read!!
A must read!
I read an article on this topic a while back and been wanting to read more in depth. Finally found this book with exactly what I was looking for. A must read for everyone interested in human rights.
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