The number of undocumented Filipino children in Kuwait is fast growing. These children were born from unmarried parents or those who were taken-advantaged physically by their employers.
Marlyn felt like the world crashed on her when she got pregnant by her Bangladeshi partner that she met in Kuwait. The OFW was scared especially because she has a husband and children in the Philippines.
“Hindi ko rin lubos maisip kung anong gagawin ko, Hindi ko din lubos maisip kung paano ko bai-explain lalo nasa pamilya ko na ganito na ang nangyarisa akin, na nabuntis pala ako,” says the Marlyn.
Marlyn’s employer promised to help her return to the Philippines. However, when she got discharged from the hospital, she was taken into police custody together with the newborn baby.
A household service worker also has the same faith when she got pregnant with an Indian man. Just like Marlyn, she also has a husband and children in the Philippines.
“Nakulong po ako ng three days. Hindi naman ako tumakas, hinatid ako ng mgaa moko sa POLO-OWWA,” says Evelyn. Worst, the Indian man left her.
Another OFW identified only as Ana was impregnated after taken-advantaged by her Iranian employer. Her employer is nowhere to be found and Ana was imprisoned for 6 months.
“Yan ang pinakamasakit sa lahat kasi kasa-kasama mo yung anak mo namakulong. Bilang isang ina, namakulong kasama ang anak, masakit yun bilang isang ina,” says Ana.
The children of Ana, Evelyn, and Marlyn are just few of the many undocumented children in Kuwait and this number continues to grow.
Since their parents are unmarried, these children cannot be registered especially since it is a crime in Kuwait to perform marital activities outside marriage.
As of 2015, there are already 65 undocumented Filipino children in Kuwait. 7 out of which are already in the custody of the Philippine Embassy.
There are some who were already sent to the Philippines but there is still a huge number who are yet to be repatriated back to the Philippines.
Note: The report is in 2015, Sharing this to at least OFW must be aware of what happens when same situation happened.