Tiers of Slavery in Qatar is a political human social scientific biographic novel addressing much of what is hidden in Qatar and the Gulf states.
A heroic tale on survival and the power of strength, with doses of human entertaining moments. The focus is on Mami, an Ethiopian maid and Ruby, an ex-pat lecturer in a university. The two women have so much and so little in common, but for a strong bond while navigating the kefala racist, sexist system that surrounds them both.
Within Mami’s slave class, there is stratification. Similarly, even within Ruby's middle class, there is stratification. Qatar’s society is a complicated infrastructure of levels within levels, and labels within labels. The impact of these levels and labels on the lives of the 2.6 million souls living in Qatar and those living in the Gulf is an emotional, political, philosophical and eye-opening journey. There are many tiers to slavery. Enjoy this journey into Qatar, Ethiopia at a very intimate level.
Some reviews from my facebook page and amazon feedback:
"'Tiers of Slavery in Qatar' left me speechless and in tears. It is an incredible story, one that gives the reader a glimpse into the social stratification in Qatar and the rest of the Gulf from the perspectives of individuals in different classes, leading very different lives. As such, it shines a light on many heavy and globally relevant topics, including human rights, corruption, oppression, racism, and sexism. Not only does this book educate and inspire social change, it tells an intricate story about privilege, fear, justice, and above all, the strength it takes to speak up, especially for those who cannot. A must-read for anyone wishing to understand the world better."
"Living in Qatar and the Gulf is very interesting and exciting, it depends. But it is not only what see on TV and what news outlets tells us. There are a hidden side which is how those countries were and still build on. There is another shocking and sad face to the shiny coin.
This book shares with you true stories and events happened and still happens every day. Stories would make you cry, shocked and more importantly shows you the other side of life in the Gulf."
"It was very gripping and I learned a great deal. Very surprising to learn what lies beneath"
"This is a shocking and well-written expose of human trafficking and modern slavery in Qatar. Accurate &well-researched, it demonstrates the horror of an inhuman system which many western expats are unknowingly complicit. An absolutely essential read."