Indramayu migrant worker lost contact for 16 years in Saudi

Indramayu migrant worker lost contact for 16 years in Saudi

Indonesian would be migrant workers were undergoing identification process before leaving for Saudi Arabia. (ANTARA photo/ M Agung Rajasa).

Indramayu, W Java (ANTARA News) - Sarifah, 33, an Indonesian migrant worker in Saudi Arabia, lost contact with her family in Indramayu District of West Java for 16 years, and relatives have urged the government to help find her.

"We have received a report from a resident, who claimed he had lost his daughter, who worked in Saudi Arabia since 16 years ago," Juwarih, chairperson of the Indramayu Migrant Workers Union, stated here on Wednesday.

Juwarih said he had received a report from the worker`s father, Sodikin, from Mekargading Village in Indramayu.

Sarifah was sent to Saudi in July 2002. She was recruited by Dayuni, a local sponsor in the village.

"She was then sent to Jeddah by PT Khidmat El Kasab, located at Cipinang Cempedak, Jatinegara, Jakarta," he remarked.

After six months of working in the country, Sarifah had sent a letter to her family saying she worked for a person named Yahya Ibrahim and his wife Sofa in Jeddah, Juwarih recalled, adding that it was the only information she had shared with her family.

Her relatives in Indramayu have repeatedly reported news of her going missing to her sponsor and recruiting agency.

"However, until now, the relatives have yet to receive information, and they hope that the government would help find her," he noted.

The migrant workers union will send a letter to the National Agency for Placement and Protection of Indonesian Workers (BNP2TKI), Foreign Affairs Ministry, Manpower Ministry, and Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah to address the issue.

Reporting by Khaerul Izan
Editing by Sri Haryati
 

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