Some Ethiopian maids were dumped outside the country’s embassy in Beirut by their employers who according to reports could no longer afford to pay their salaries, following the collapse of the Lebanese economy.
The maids were left to sleep on the pavement of the embassy following the ongoing economic crisis in Lebanon. It was said that the Coronavirus pandemic heightened the economic crisis which led to Lebanese’s currency losing 70% of its value in the past six months.
There are about 250,000 migrant workers in Lebanon, many of whom are employed by many middle-class households as domestic staff and a large proportion of them are from Ethiopia, the rest are from other African and Asian countries.
The first group of 34 women who were dumped by employers outside the embassy were taken into a shelter last week.
Huson Sayyah, the head of foreign workers at the Beirut charity Caritas said;
“All 34 Ethiopian domestic workers who are stuck in front of their embassy will be taken later Thursday to the Caritas shelter.”
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