OFW suffers burn in oven accident, still forced to work

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Kuwait is asking for help after an oven exploded while she was cooking, causing second-degree burns on her arms and face.

According to Facebook user Claire Sarmiento, her mother Amor S. Talleser was cooking at around 2am on May 25 when the incident happened.

Worse, despite the painful burns on her body, her employers took her to the hospital hours later at 5am that day.

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Sarmiento shared some photos showing the wounds and blisters her mother sustained on her arms because of the explosion.

Talleser said her employers assured her they will give her some time to recover and rest. However, only a few days after the incident, her employers were already demanding her to go back to work.

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The OFW asked for a few more days since she was still in pain, but her employers did not allow her.

When she asked to go back home instead, her employers told her that she can only leave is she will be able to pay them Php150,000.

Because she did not have that money, Talleser was left with no choice but to endure the pain and return to work.

Sarmiento also said in her post that her mother tried reaching out to her agency but they refused to help her mother to go home.

She said they already sought the help of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), but they have to wait for days.

As of press time, there has been no further updates regarding Talleser’s case.

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