Kenyan Migrant Workers Are Stranded In Lebanon

@lynnsm7 | Andre Mahfouz

It is the third week after the catastrophic explosion at the Port of Beirut. As the city is slowly recovering, dozens of Kenyan workers have found themselves without homes, jobs, and lacking the funds to fly back home.

“One would think after the humanitarian catastrophe that hit Lebanon with the Beirut Port explosion, some people would act and be more humble and kind to one another. But no,” wrote human rights organization, Rights or Riots, on Instagram.

Rights or Riots proceeded to post the video below, showing Lebanese woman “dropping off” her Kenyan houseworker, Veronica, abandoning her at the Kenyan consulate in Beirut.

The Lebanese woman apparently “threw [Veronica’s] belongings in a torn trash bag, and left her helpless in the street, and unpaid.”

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One would think after the humanitarian catastrophe that hit Lebanon with the Beirut Port explosion, some people would act and be more humble and kind to one another. But no. This just happened a few hours ago in Beirut, where a woman dropped her Kenyan housekeeper Veronica in front of the Kenyan embassy, threw her belongings in a torn trash bag, and left her helpless in the street, and unpaid. The woman, as you will see in the video, is visibly sick and distraught. Fellow Kenyan domestic workers tried to stop the woman as she was fleeing in her car, most who also are facing the same mistreat. Getting thrown in the street for dead, all while the authorities are standing there pretty much FUCKLESS and non-chalant to what just happened. When will this disgusting attitude of racism and inhumanity stop? What more will take from disasters and catastrophes so people can learn karma is REAL and it will come collecting hard and brutal. What a shame. Tag @naomi in this please in the comments. She spoke about this issue more than once. We need her voice and others who can help and shed light on crimes like these. via @alphablackness ************************** BLACK LIVES MATTER / #BLM  is not about a mere organization, [in fact we  are not affiliated with the organization]. This is  NOT a POLITICAL issue.  BLM IS A HUMAN RIGHTS URGENCY that needs politicians attention.  It is an outcry of our lives.  Get involve. Don't do it for the moment, it's a MOVEMENT.  RACISM IS THE REAL PANDEMIC! *********************************** ****************************#RACISM IS A MINDSET. IT'S A TAUGHT BEHAVIOR THAT IS CONSCIOUSLY AND SUBCONSCIOUSLY ACTED UPON BY MENTALLY AND  INTELLECTUALLY CHALLENGED PEOPLE. ****************************JOIN our initiative @rightsriots #TOGETHER we as people can FIGHT to restore our human given rights.  This is not a moment, it's a movement,  so help keep the momentum going… #RACISM has no place in society JUSTICE, EQUAL RIGHTS OR RIOTS #JEROR RIGHTSorRIOTS #JUSTRIGHTS ***************************   #shaunking #balleralert #makeamericagreatagain #freedom draintheswamp  #conservatives  republicans democrats #georgefloyd  #breonataylor #elijahmcc

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Laid-off Kenyan workers stranded in Lebanon have been protesting in front of their consulate in Beirut demanding to be repatriated.

Around 30 women, at least three with children, have been sleeping outside of the consulate after the blast rendered them homeless and jobless, like hundreds of thousands of Lebanese.

Many local volunteers and NGOs have taken initiatives to provide support for these women and children, such as donating mattresses, food, and water.

Their consulate, on the other hand, may have not been the most helpful…

A recent report by CNN shed light on the serious mistreatment of the stranded workers as well as accusations of overcharges that several Kenyan women have put forth against Honorary Consul Sayed Chalouhi and his assistant Kassem Jaber.

“Kassem we come to the office, you tell us to go and do prostitution. We don’t have work!”

– A stranded Kenyan woman

The Kenyan government has since said that it would send someone to investigate the assault cases – which both Chalouhi and Jaber have denied.

Kenya also announced it would evacuate citizens stuck in Lebanon and asked them to register with the Kenyan Embassy in Kuwait, accredited for Lebanon.

However, repatriation efforts were delayed with the extension of the state of emergency in Beirut.

Fortunately, according to Beirut Today, Lebanese General Security has finally begun preparing travel documents for the stranded Kenyan workers. Hopefully, they will be back home soon.

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