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Letter: The plight of caregivers

By Analyn Sacayanan

I am a caregiver in a nursing home in Kaohsiung. Before I came here, I was given the necessary training to be a caregiver, as this is one of the basic requirements for our application.

When I read your article ("Foreign caregivers underpaid, work too long: survey," April 30, page 2), I felt a little relief that someone out there cares about the working conditions for foreign caregivers like me, but I was also disappointed.

What you've related in your article is just the tip of the iceberg. If you dig deeper and interview foreign caregivers, you'll see for yourself the harsh reality of our situation.

Every time I buy a newspaper, the first thing I look for is articles about foreign workers and what the government is doing to improve our situation. But an article like this only comes once in a blue moon.

Analyn Sacayanan

Kaohsiung

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