Why must OFWs endure hardship?

By Nestor Cortes

In Cyprus, a small island country in Europe three Filipinas were murdered by a local serial killer and nobody at first gave importance or cared of the crime committed to the migrant workers.

This seems to be the usual scenario around the world concerning migrants tragic conditions and hardly told or given immediate attention because “forced” foreigners do not matter much to host countries. This is a reality and you wonder if the world is indeed civilized. Because being civilized means to look after other race other oneself as it deepens the meaning of one united human race.

But what is disturbing even more is why we encourage and promote our own people to work in other countries, particularly to strange countries whose citizens are hostile or look down on Filipinos capable only of washing dishes and exporting mail-order brides slash maids.

There is money alright working abroad but there is a lot of disrespect and scorn of what we are and where we come from. But our government only offers lip service concern how our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are treated as long they send money back home and help sustain the economy because our government cannot run well.

Pinoys’ dignity as a people and nation can go hang.

Come to think of it, we are the only country in the world, which encourage, hoodwink its citizens to enslave themselves to work abroad and send remittance to run its corrupt government composed of traditional and young politicians.

We see happy pictures of migrant workers in splendid parks of their host countries and we think they are lucky to be working there. Think again, better yet, experience it yourself and find out the true picture and realize it’s all fantasy.

It is never a picnic to be working in a strange country with strange inhospitable citizens, abusive and pseudo-educated masters ready to put you down. Since our country started exporting our people, stories of hardships and abuse became an endless cycle. It will never end because the relationship is of superior minded race against the so-called inferior ones.

We will always be inferior because we work for them, they pay us and even dictate much we get, even from overworking. Oh how they love us.

Filipinos do not need and deserve to work in another countries because we have our own nation to build and build successfully. But why our own brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers there?

It is lonely and depressing to work there. Why do we have to sacrifice our lives just to earn well enough for us all to build a house, put the children in good schools and have a decent future like any other citizens all over the world.

Why can’t we not change this kind of system and outlook?

Artwork courtesy of plantingrice.com

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