My fourth installment in the series of interviews that let’s domestic workers in Qatar tell their stories. I imagined the emotions, aspirations, and motivations of these women in my novel The Dohmestics. But in this case, real life beats fiction.
The more I hear about these women and their willingness to sacrifice years of their lives for their children, extended family and friends, the more humbled I am.
We both qualify in the category of expats. And yet their lives are so different from the considerations of mine.
What would you do for your family’s future?
These women are so similiar to my grandmother – who worked as a domestic and only went back to the village at weekends; to my mother – who moved us from the Caribbean to the UK for better educational opportunities; and me – who moved here to Qatar so that I could have more time between end of work and bedtime with my husband and son
But also so different as they come without their families for their families
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