‘Lebanon is a prison’: Migrant domestic workers struggle to leave collapsing Lebanon

Tigets last saw her son when he was 2 years old, before she left Ethiopia to find work in Lebanon that would allow her to support him.

Tigets’ employer, a real estate agent, tells her he has not been paid in a year and a half and is thus unable to pay her salary, which used to be $400 a month. Her work contract ended a year ago, so technically she is free to go, Tigets said, but she can’t afford to send money to her mother to pay for school supplies for her son, much less to buy a plane ticket.

“I am stuck here,” she said. “I also know the situation and crisis my employer is passing through, but right now, Lebanon is a prison to me.”

English | October 3, 2021



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