‘She just vanished’: Ethiopian home employees abused in Lebanon

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Aster Goshu squints as she speaks quietly into the telephone’s digicam. “They lock me in the home when they leave,” she says in Arabic, talking in a frantic tone.“I spend my days crying,” she provides, pointing to the darkish circles underneath her swollen eyes. “I’ve cried so much that I have trouble seeing things from a distance.” “My employers say, ‘you Ethiopians will always be poor, what difference would it make?’” she provides, explaining that she’s solely acquired a wage for 3 months of the 4 years she is owed. “I beg you to help me escape this home.”

Ethiopian girls, like Aster, have flocked to the Middle East to work as nannies, caregivers and housekeepers for many years. Driven by Ethiopia’s rising living prices and unemployment, lots of of hundreds have gone to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Kuwait. But what many discover, activists and home employees say, is a cycle of exploitation and modern-day slavery that’s laborious to flee.

In Lebanon, the place as many as 400,000 Ethiopians reside, migrant employees are additionally excluded from the protections of the nation’s labour legal guidelines – placing their lives and livelihood vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

English | June 16, 2021



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