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'Abasama', the Summer People

If you ever find yourself in the dilemma as to either get a job in the Middle East or staying at home, the you should read this

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Locally and more especially back in the late 90s, many Ugandans went abroad to study, to work, and some for military reasons like the world wars by virtue of Uganda being a British colony. In comparison, Uganda has an Equatorial climate with majorly two seasons wet and hot which is not the case with longer and colder seasons in especially European countries. So because of this, the working type wasnt familiar with the cold winter seasons so they often flew back home and back to Europe during the summer season. Then gave birth to the word Abasama. Nowadays there has been a shift as to where a Ugandan would wish to work from. Many young people are thinking of trying out work in the Middle East countries. Every boy and girl, wishes to have a glimpse, to get wedded to, to spend a honey moon or even to spend a vacation and to many of these boys and girls, to build a future by working in these Arab states. The number of jobs these youths opt for could range from housekeeping, security personnel, waiters, receptionists and a lot more and listed on billboards of these job agencies.

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Down in East Africa and in Uganda more precisely, many young girls wish for this golden chance to work in Middle East countries like Jordan, Oman and Lebanon, to mention but a few, obviously to multiply their chances to a better life as compared to low salary jobs, unemployment as well as low levels of education these girls could attain from their poor home backgrounds. Most of the young people just think of working in these countries out of band wagon from schoolmates or relatives who have ever been there or plan to work in these Middle East countries. Well, for whatever the reasons, no one can blame these enthusiastic visionary youth from chasing their dreams something the economic inflation down in Africa can't accommodate due to corruption and unemployment neglected by political leads whose goals in authority don't match with those of these young people.

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The journey to the Middle East isnt such a smooth one, it involves a few years or saving up from work and relatives as well as friends for a Visa and a vacancy from these job agencies companies, something about 80 USD. Once the first third of journey is through, now it's all up to these job agency companies to do their part. This is so unreliable because due to the many job agencies around, the government had no regulations as to which is authentic and not. At this point youre either embezzled of your lifes savings or youre still on track for your dreams. The role of these companies is to arrange safe travel to the Middle East, monitor you at your workplace and meet your basic needs from your employer. Then finally the real deal starts after landing on 'Mars'. Surprised by the fascinating infrastructure on this 'new planet', it's merely up to them to make a fortune for themselves at their work place.


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It all sounds really rewarding to all stake holders just before the going gets tough. Back here at home, money flows in like waterfalls down to a bigger pool. Properties are bought, young ones go to school and spouses save up for their partner's return from abroad. But just before you know it, you're watching a YouTube video on how these girls and boys are mistreated with severe punishments, long hours of work, and even denial of basic needs like food, some go to the extremes like forced intercourse by their employers. Soon everyone back at home is in despair. "Should I keep on working?", "Would I follow the same date as my predecessors?" Actually no one thinks of backing out especially at this moment when two thirds of the mission has yet been achieved.

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The success of survival in the Middle East is all greatly determined by a number of individual qualities destiny throws your way. First and foremost, you should be Islam or somehow believe in the Sharia law, this also includes you fashion of clothes. By virtue of being Islamic states, your boss will be more proud to keep you if you as an employee if you're decently dressed and value their way of life. Making your way through a registered and authentic job agency will prove rewarding in the long run especially when you land in the hands of a weird boss or fall into any legal complaints from your job or if you need safe pass back home. Most young people with relatives or friends living and already established in the Middle East provides good recommendation for a job and one stands a better chance of survival in the Middle East countries. But all in all, struggle is always for the fittest and adaptability is one of man's greatest strengths.

Back to my point, regardless of all the horror stories of racism, depicting what everyone calls modern slavery. The diffusion material between East Africa in particular to the Middle East had become thinner. The reason of course are obvious, including the government going ahead to roll call the most trusted job agencies in East Africa and working hand in hand with ambassadors in these countries to ensure good relations with the employers over there. So the business was just starting to boom when an atomic bomb hit the entire world. And soon everyone wanted to come back home. When the world's economies were tested, the Middle East wasn't exceptional. Soon everyone was deported back home after applying through their country's embassies now everybody thinking of what to resort to, especially after realizing that home will still be the best no matter where you go. And still everyone is left with no option but to ask, what next? Will the government ferry us back to our workplaces or leave us to die alone in the desert, well at least the first desert is still better though still under more tension than home.