Explosion Leaves Lebanon’s Domestic Workers Even More Vulnerable

NPR's Leila Fadel speaks with Tsigereda Birhanu, an activist and former domestic worker in Beirut, about how that community is experiencing this tumultuous period in Lebanon.

In Lebanon, there are hundreds of thousands of domestic workers who come from abroad and whose entire well-being is dependent on their employer. Already many were being put out on the streets by employers who became poor overnight due to hyperinflation and could no longer pay their salaries. So what happens to these women now amid the country's devastation?

Tsigereda Birhanu is an activist in Beirut and a former domestic worker. She helps support other domestic workers through a group called Egna Legna Besidet. And she's with us now from Beirut.

English | August 8, 2020



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