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Lebanese Man beats an Ethiopian Woman, Raises Questions over Kafala System – Video

“What we need is to abolish the racist Kafala System condemned by the International Labor Organization”

Edit: The man was identified as Ali Mahfouz according to LBC. Not surprisingly, this low animal claims his victim, Alem Desisa, is at fault.

This is more than I can tolerate. I do not care who he is, where he comes from or why he thinks he is not at fault.

Women are being 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 and and EthiopianSuicides report that around 1 domestic worker commits suicide every week. It is time we take action and stop tolerating these crimes and the conditions that lead to tragic endings.

LBC reports that: “Labor Minister Salim Jreissati told LBCI that the Ministry of Labor decided to take the necessary measures to punish the perpetrator who turned out to be an employee in the domestic workers’ office. Jreissati said that the ministry summoned the domestic workers’ office for an urgent meeting on Monday, adding that a formal complaint will be registered. Caritas identified the Ethiopian worker, Alem Desisa, stressing that they were following up on her case since she was admitted in Deir el-Salib hospital two weeks ago.”

What we need is to abolish the racist Kafala System condemned by International Labor Organization senior Ms. Simel Esim

Ms. Simel added “with the kafala system, you are creating a total dependency of the worker on the employer for her food, sleeping, health, everything… Total dependency creates total vulnerability and opens the door wide to exploitation (…) We always say why are they coming? There are push factors: poverty, unemployment (in their home country)”.

Video also reports that:

Lawyer Rolan Taok who is active on this issue calls for a special tribunal for solving cases of migrant domestic workers with the purpose of speeding up the procedures, as well as an overhaul of the system of employing migrants and abolishing the sponsorship ‘kafala’ system.

Update – 11/03/2012:

Update – 13/03/2012:

I’m sad to report that Alem Desisa has committed suicide today in Deir El Salib as was reported by LBC.

By Joey Ayoub

7 replies on “Lebanese Man beats an Ethiopian Woman, Raises Questions over Kafala System – Video”

This is a barbaric act of injustice on a woman, Ethiopian and above all a human being. Shame to Lebanon and shame to everyone in Lebanon who is not acting against this horrible man! I would not be surprised if Ethiopians are not going to retaliate. One way or another, Lebanon will pay the price; whether in Europe, USA or the rest of the world. As we speak, Ethiopians are gathering to demonstrate at Lebanon embassy at Washington D.C., so that the rest of the world learns and sees how cruel some can be in Lebanon. Shame to Lebanon and shame to the system that lets human being be treated like worthless!

[…] Androka and Antsikoroke – another village close to Ambohibola – are among those villages that have seen women leave for work in Lebanon. I had the fortune, or rather misfortune, to find out that two of these women are now missing. The Androka woman was supposed to return home three years ago and the Antsikoroke woman was supposed to come back 12 years ago. Shocked yet? Let me continue. The Androka woman at one point stopped sending money home for no known reason, while the woman from Antsikoroke never even contacted her family. You may think that I am jumping to conclusions by suggesting that both women are probably enslaved or dead. But what if I told you that 17 Malagasy maids died in Lebanon last year, and many more, from different nationalities – a Human Rights Watch report put it at one per week – die or go missing every year? What if I tell you that foreign domestic workers are not covered by Lebanon’s labor laws (The Kafala System)? […]

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