I was ready to leave exploitation in Qatar – then COVID-19 hit

Mary works as a driver and housekeeper for a family in Qatar. Like thousands of other domestic workers across the Gulf region Mary has been poorly treated and overworked, and earlier this year she made the decision to leave. At the last minute, COVID-19 put her plans on hold.


I work for a family who have six children. I paid around 1200$ to an agency to get this job. It’s hard work but I have responsibilities back in Kenya – I need to take care of my son, as well as my mother who is very sick.