|Man in a Desert||
I will take a break from blogging about politics and vent my fury at the cowardly and not-uncommon habit of abusing maids in the Arab world.
Syrian actor Samer al-Masri and his retired actress wife are accused of torturing their Filipina maid and inflicting horrific injuries on her.
For those who don't know who al-Masri is (I didn't before I came across this story of human evil), he's an actor in a popular Syrian historical drama that I know of but never watched, Bab al-Hara.
Al-Masri denies torturing the maid and claims that with her contract about to end she sought a large end-of-contract payoff, threw herself out of a window and suffered the horrific injuries you see in the video as well as older injuries including a fractured arm that healed with the bone obviously not set properly. She says she hasn't received her salary in three years.
You watch the video and decide if this girl jumped through a window.
My view: this young woman, thousands of miles away from her home and loved ones, has endured terrible and inhuman abuse. It makes my blood boil.
Whoever did this to her must face the consequences of their brutal actions.
The Arabs are perfectly entitled to dignity and human rights. But they must also ensure that they treat migrant workers as they wish to be treated.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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