Beirut Blast Final Blow for Lebanon’s Migrants

Thousands of migrant workers in Lebanon are desperate to return home as a coronavirus lockdown began this week, adding to woes caused by a financial crisis and this month's port blast that wrecked swathes of the capital Beirut.

The explosion has damaged homes where many migrant workers living in precarious conditions now risk eviction as job losses mount, said the United Nations migration agency, IOM, in an appeal for $10 million to respond to the blast.

"I was very scared. I felt a very heavy wind and the building was shaking so hard as if it was going to fall," said Sierra Leonean migrant Lucy Turay who lives in an apartment with 20 people after escaping abusive employers.

English | August 20, 2020



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