Lebanese Man beats an Ethiopian Woman, Raises Questions over Kafala System – Video

Originally published on Hummus For Thought on March 10th 2012.

Edit: The man was identified as Ali Mahfouz according to LBC. Not surprisingly, this low animal claims his victim, Alem Desisa, is at fault.

This is more than I can tolerate. I do not care who he is, where he comes from or why he thinks he is not at fault.

Women are being abused on a daily basis in this country – I have already reported about these abuses (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Nasawiya  reports that one woman is killed as a result of family violence in Lebanon and Migrant-Rights.org and EthiopianSuicides report that around 1 domestic worker commits suicide every week. It is time we take action and stop tolerating these crimes and the conditions that lead to tragic endings.

LBC reports that: “Labor Minister Salim Jreissati told LBCI that the Ministry of Labor decided to take the necessary measures to punish the perpetrator who turned out to be an employee in the domestic workers’ office. Jreissati said that the ministry summoned the domestic workers’ office for an urgent meeting on Monday, adding that a formal complaint will be registered. Caritas identified the Ethiopian worker, Alem Desisa, stressing that they were following up on her case since she was admitted in Deir el-Salib hospital two weeks ago.”

What we need is to abolish the racist Kafala System condemned by International Labor Organization senior Ms. Simel Esim

Ms. Simel added “with the kafala system, you are creating a total dependency of the worker on the employer for her food, sleeping, health, everything… Total dependency creates total vulnerability and opens the door wide to exploitation (…) We always say why are they coming? There are push factors: poverty, unemployment (in their home country)”.


Migrant-Rights.org also reports that:

Lawyer Rolan Taok who is active on this issue calls for a special tribunal for solving cases of migrant domestic workers with the purpose of speeding up the procedures, as well as an overhaul of the system of employing migrants and abolishing the sponsorship ‘kafala’ system.

Update – 11/03/2012