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Beirut death of Nepalese migrant worker Lila – video

by Joey Ayoub

Lila Aacharya left Nepal hoping to make a better life for her two young daughters. Two months later her body was flown home. Lila’s case exposes the toll of human trafficking – from her attempt to escape the poverty of her village in the Himalayan foothills to her exploitation and death as a domestic worker in an upmarket apartment in Beirut

Click here to watch The Guardian’s 9-minutes report on Lila’s life and death and the situation of domestic workers in Lebanon. I can’t stress how important it is that you share this with all your Lebanese friends. I don’t really know what to say. I have already shared my anger and disgust in previous posts (1, 2 and 3) regarding the situation of Migrant Workers in Lebanon.

I urge you all to visit Migrant-Rights.org (in which I’m a contributor), The Migrant Workers Task Force and Ethiopian Suicides. This must stop now.

Update 1st of February 2012: It seems that another Nepali worker committed suicide last Sunday. Read the report here.


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  3. Suskun says:

    The lady who comes twice a week to help mom clean our house, her name is Pala, she is idnian, her husband comes and helps her sometimes so that she could finish early.Her voice is so loud and she likes to boss everyone around in Indian.She and mom have developped their own sign language.One time i was home alone with her and the phone rang, she felt so protective that she had to ask me who it was. I answered jeddo and she was happy that i wasnt talking to strangers

  4. […] abused on a daily basis in this country – I have already reported about these abuses (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Nasawiya  reports that one woman is killed as a result of family violence in Lebanon […]

  5. […] Death of Nepalese migrant worker Lila – video […]

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  7. Rose Mwaura says:

    am a domestic worker in lebanon and i want to be an activist.i want to fight for the rights of my fellow maids.am in teara to what is happening around me be it in blogs or facebook group posts of workers here.i wonna be part of the change that will favour us maids and not be discriminated

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