Saudi philanthropist feeds Lankan maids stranded at Bahrain airport

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Author: Riyadh: Md Rasooldeen, Arab News Staff

Tuesday 3 April 2012

A Saudi philanthropist offered a helping hand to a group of Riyadh-bound housemaids who did not have money to buy food at Bahrain International Airport on Sunday.

The housemaids, who were coming into the Kingdom from Colombo, were in transit at the airport in Muharraq for more than five hours without food or drink. They were told by their local recruiting agents in Colombo that their meals would be looked after by their counterparts in Bahrain.
A group of more than 20 maids left Colombo airport on Sunday at 5 a.m. on a Gulf Air flight, which landed at Bahrain airport at 7.45 a.m. the same day. Their connecting flight to Riyadh was scheduled at 1.15 p.m. the same day.
The Saudi philanthropist, who offered meals and drinks to some of these maids, told Arab News it was a disgrace the local recruiting agent had not given them money to buy snacks at the Manama airport.
One of the housemaids, Ramani, told Arab News at the airport that she was quite hungry since she did not have any food in the morning.
“On board they served some light snacks which was good enough to cover breakfast.”
She thanked the Saudi man who helped her and the other maids.
Mazaya, another maid, said the whole group composed of first-timers to the Kingdom and did not know what to do since they did not have enough money to buy even a bottle of water.
The Saudi gentleman said he wished to remain anonymous because he helped these maids for the sake of Almighty Allah. However, he insisted such incidents should not be repeated.
“The local agent should have given either pocket money or lunch parcels for them to take during their journey,” he said.

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