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Yearbook 2018

Kuwait. According to Countryaah.com, the relationship between Kuwait and the Philippines was not very good during the year. In February, the Philippines imposed a travel ban on Kuwait because of the misfortunes that have long prevailed for Filipino guest workers. A Philippine delegation visited Kuwait to discuss with the authorities, including requiring employees to keep cell phones and passports normally confiscated by employers. The travel ban came after a Filipino maid was found dead in a freezer in Kuwait. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has accused Kuwait of forcing Filipino guest workers to work 21 hours in a row and women being raped regularly. There are about 260,000 Filipino citizens working in Kuwait; in the Gulf region, two million Filipinos are believed to be working.

2018 Kuwait

In April, a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife were sentenced to death for the murder of Filipino maid Joanna Demafelis who was found in a freezer. The murder must have happened more than a year before it was discovered.

In May, an agreement was finally signed between Kuwait and the Philippines on the regulation of working conditions for Filipino guest workers. According to the agreement, guest workers now have the right to keep their mobile phone and also the right to one day of rest a week. The agreement is believed to mark the end of the conflict that started at the beginning of the year and led to the travel ban.

Fifteen people, most Asian guest workers at an oil company, were killed when two buses crashed frontal in southern Kuwait. The guest workers were employed by the private company Burgan Drilling. Kuwait has large oil resources but poor working conditions and, as in the case of Filipino workers, has limited rights for foreign guest workers.

Kuwait - Kuwait City

Kuwait City

Kuwait City, Arabic al-Kuwayt, capital of Kuwait; 2. 7 million residents (2010), including suburbs. Kuwait City is located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Kuwait, northwest of the Persian Gulf. The city is one of the most important trade and finance centers in the Middle East, with International Airport, University (founded in 1966) and Museum of Islamic Art.

Kuwait City was founded in the early 18th century by families who moved there from the interior of the Arabian Peninsula and became the seat of pearl fishing, trading and boat building. Due to limited water resources, Kuwait City remained a small town for a long time. In line with oil exports and the possibility of desalinating seawater, Kuwait City with suburbs has grown into a modern metropolis with often bold architecture. During Iraq's occupation, Kuwait City was subjected to systematic looting, and many buildings were destroyed. After the war, most residents have been able to return, and the reconstruction work has been intense.

 

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