AFRICANGLOBE – A young Ivorian woman was found dead after having been reportedly pushed off the 6th floor of an apartment building in Lebanon following an argument with her Arab employers concerning the payment of her salary.
This was revealed by a young Cameroonian woman, after the revelations by her sister, who is a neighbor of the victim.According to her neighbor, whose name can’t be revealed, the young victim was pushed out of the 6th floor of a building in Asharfir – Note: She might have meant Achrafieh -, a neighborhood in the city of Beirut in Lebanon on Tuesday the 1st of July.She was asking for her salary and the man, refusing, apparently pushed her out of anger.
This young expatriate reportedly left the Ivory Coast years ago to work as a domestic worker in Lebanon, a common scenario for many young Ivorian women.
Stories such as this one are unfortunately very common in Lebanon.
A few months ago, after a story broke of a group of African women who were being tortured in Lebanon, they were successfully repatriated from Lebanon.
This unfortunately is a common occurrence in Lebanon and other Arab countries that employ the Kafala, or ‘Sponsorship’ system. As explained by Human Rights Watch in its 2014 report on Lebanon:
Migrant domestic workers are excluded from the labor law and subject to restrictive immigration rules based on employer-specific sponsorship—the kafala system—which put workers at risk of exploitation and abuse.
While outgoing Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas announced in January 2012 that he would look at abolishing the kafala system, in 2013 Labor Minister Salim Jreissati failed to do so or to put forward legislation that would protect the estimated 200,000 migrant domestic workers in the country.
In July, a criminal court sentenced an employer to two months in prison, imposed a fine, and required her to pay damages and compensation to a migrant domestic worker whose wages she had not paid for years.
Migrant domestic workers suing their employers for abuse continue, however, to face legal obstacles and risk imprisonment and deportation due to the restrictive visa system.
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