Migrant workers in Lebanon have little protection under current labor laws, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation. Many of Lebanon’s estimated 200,000 domestic workers who come to the country for work often face extremely challenging living and working conditions. It is estimated that there are thousands more foreign workers in the country. The Human Rights Watch estimated that in 2008, an average of one domestic worker died in Lebanon per week. Most of these deaths are a result of suicides or attempts to escape their employers. Even when they manage to escape, once their contract is broken, they no longer have identification documents and can end up in an even more deplorable situation.

The situation for these migrant workers as a whole is difficult. But despite the challenges and dire situations for a majority of migrant domestic workers, some of them have also done incredible things in Lebanon with their personal strength and the support of their network in the country.

Each of these women have a story. And each story tells a piece of the collective experience of a female migrant worker in Lebanon.

 

- Osie Greenway Photography -
Osie Greenway Photography -
Osie Greenway Photography -
Osie Greenway Photography -
Osie Greenway Photography -
Osie Greenway Photography -
Osie Greenway Photography -
Osie Greenway Photography -
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