Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Suicide attempt of a Bangladeshi domestic worker in Khiam

Elnashra.com news website reported today that a Bangladeshi domestic worker attempted to commit suicide in Khiam, South Lebanon. She stabbed herself in the house of her employer, and was taken to Marjayoun governmental hospital. The police opened an investigation in the incident.

 "النشرة": خادمة بنغلاديشية حاولت الانتحار في بلدة الخيام - الثلاثاء 30 تموز 2013
أفاد مراسل "النشرة" في بنت جبيل ان " خادمة بنغلاديشية تدعى ش.ش حاولت الانتحار بعدما اقدمت على طعن يدها بسكين في منزل مخدومتها م.ه في الخيام، وقد نقلت الى مستشفى مرجعيون الحكومي، وفتحت القوى الامنية تحقيقاً بالحادثة".

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Trafficking of Migrant Domestic Workers: A Tale of Two Cities

Arthur Brown, assistant director of the Institute of Middle East Studies, based in Mansourieh, Lebanon, reflects in a blog post on the recent high profile case of alleged trafficking involving a Saudi princess who was was arrested for human trafficking in Irvine, California, USA.

He writes:
"Whilst this has become a high profile case, and is no doubt shocking to many of our readers, the reality is that there will be many in our part of the world who will be scratching their heads and wondering what the big deal is. The truth is that this is an everyday reality of hundreds of thousands of women across the MENA region. The experience of the Kenyan woman is typical for far too many."
Full post titled "Trafficking of Migrant Domestic Workers: A Tale of Two Cities" on the blog of the Institute of Middle East Studies: http://imeslebanon.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/trafficking-of-migrant-domestic-workers-a-tale-of-two-cities/

Monday, July 15, 2013

Maid found hanging in East Lebanon

Al-Akhbar English - Published Sunday, July 14, 2013

A 29-year-old foreign domestic worker was found hanging by the neck in her employer's East Lebanon home Sunday in an apparent suicide, state news reported.

The National News agency said the Bangladeshi woman used clothes to hang herself in the Zahle town of al-Marj. The report said the woman was a victim of human trafficking by a local tribe.

Suicides are common among