Countries in the Arabian Peninsula, nations built on fantasy and erected in scorching deserts, are not exactly the best place for people with brown skin. With a crippling inferiority/superiority complex, many Arabs in these countries, who depend almost entirely on the thousands of Indians, Philippinos, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis living in their shadows for the most basic and grueling tasks, look up to their white masters and down with contempt upon the almost entirely foreign labor workforce.
Cases like that of the maid whose hand was chopped off and the pleading Indian worker who tearfully recounted his ordeal of being kept hostage in Saudi Arabia have been known on international level. Many dismiss these as individual, isolated cases; the unfortunate combination of an incompetent maid and manic employer, another inept worker fabricating stories to get paid leave. However, it has been shown time and again that this kind of racial tyranny is systematic and state-sanctioned.
Earlier, it was reported that 800 Indian workers in Saudi Arabia have been forced to go without food. These workers were laid off by unapologetic Saudi companies, after the dip in global oil prices slowed down Saudi Arabia’s mammoth construction industry.
But as the correction tweeted out by the Indian external affairs minister pointed out, the number of Indians facing a grave food crises stands at a staggering 10,000.
The number of Indian workers facing food crisis in Saudi Arabia is over Ten Thousand. It is not 800 as is being reported. @JagranNews— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 30, 2016
Many of these workers have been fired by Saudi construction company Oger.
Sushma Swaraj also took this opportunity to appeal to the more than 3 million Indian expatriates in Saudi Arabia to "help [their] brothers and sisters."
I appeal to 30 lakhs Indians in Saudi Arabia. Please help your fellow brothers and sisters. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 30, 2016
The Twitter account of the Consulate General of India in Jeddah and others report the food distribution efforts of the Indian community in different parts of KSA.
Excellent efforts by CCWA members of Taif. Distributed food stuff 2 Indians in Taif after advice by CGI Jeddah pic.twitter.com/HiK1bPtndC— India in Jeddah (@CGIJeddah) July 31, 2016
Talking to the Khaleej Times, an Indian citizen active in food distribution efforts said that Indian consulate officials and community members in Jeddah have provided 15,475 kg of foodstuffs and 1,850 readymade food packets, rations that have been distributed to over 3,000 people.
The Indian external affairs minister has also promised that the minister of state for external affairs, General V.K. Singh, would be dispatched to Saudi Arabia to "sort out" this situation.