This Is Kafala, Tse Tse Fly Middle East


October 9th 2020 sees arts / activism platform launch its new project This Is Kafala. This Is Kafala intends to draw attention to the kafala system of employment that is used by oppressive regimes in the Middle East.  Under kafala (kafala is Arabic for sponsorship), migrants travelling from surrounding regions to work in these countries must surrender all their rights to their local sponsor. The extremes in exploitation that ensue are likened to modern-day slavery, with workers made to suffer unsafe working conditions, long working hours, squalid accommodation, confiscation of passports, low pay, physical and sexual abuse, and torture.

Featuring an album of experimental music and sound art, and an online exhibition, the This Is Kafala project is produced in association with, the non-profit organisation that advances rights of migrant workers throughout the Middle East.

The This Is Kafala album will be available for download from Bandcamp, with all profits going to charities and NPOs that are working towards ending kafala.  Everyone involved in the project has given their time for free.