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Refugees seek help in chronic health issues

ZAHRANI, Lebanon: “Mom, when will I see you? I want to remove the eye patch,” 4-year-old Syrian refugee Farah Daba tells her mother Harba, who she only recognized by the sound of her voice. Farah Daba is just one of the many Syrians struggling to access vital health care as a result of their refugee status. Farah Daba was born with a visual impairment and couldn’t access treatment before her family fled Syria as a result of the ongoing war in the country. In the Aaqbiyeh area, on the Zahrani-Tyre road, Farah Daba still finds ways to play with her…

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Hunger and rodents greet NGO head visiting refugees

AQBIYEH, Lebanon: The head of a French NGO operating in Lebanon called on his government Monday to increase support for Syrian refugees in the country and to improve on humanitarian conditions in refugee camps following a visit to the south. “We [at the Secours Populaire] mix material help with calls to the French government and European authorities to tell them not to shut their eyes to this human tragedy,” said Julin Laprete, president of Secours Populaire. The French NGO established food dispensaries across south Lebanon to support refugees. Laprete’s remarks came as he visited the town of Aqbiyeh, south of…

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Syrian refugee crisis cost Lebanon USD 10B: Hajj Hasan

BEIRUT: Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan Thursday revealed that the Syrian refugee crisis has cost Lebanon $10 billion in losses, calling on the international community to increase aid to the country. “The duty of governments is to preserve sovereignty, independence and borders, and promote all sectors, especially the industrial sector," Hajj Hasan said during an event commemorating the National Lebanese Trade Day. "I want to hold everyone present here responsible for reflecting Lebanon’s harsh reality on the economic level.” Lebanon has become home to 1.1 million registered Syrian refugees since the civil war erupted in 2011. The huge influx of…

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Maid to Measure: Lebanon Domestics Take to the Catwalk

Anna Fernando struts down the black-and-white tiles of a trendy coffee shop in the Lebanese capital, dressed in high heels and a strapless ball gown of caramel gauze ribbons. The 43-year-old left her native Sri Lanka 21 years ago to work as a maid in Lebanon, determined to provide her children with better opportunities in life than her own. On her day off this weekend, she joined a dozen other domestic workers at a modeling show in central Beirut organized by local NGO Insan, Arabic for "human being." "Even if I work like a maid, I'm a human being," Anna…

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مسيرات حقوقية ومطلبية في بيروت بمناسبة عيد العمال

لم تكن مسيرة الاحتفال بعيد العمال الذي يصادف في الأول من أيار هذا العام كما الأعوام السابقة. فقد تميزت هذه المسيرة التي دعا إليها الاتحاد الوطني لنقابات العمال والمستخدمين في لبنان، والحزب الشيوعي بمشاركة الأمين العام الجديد للحزب، حنا غريب الذي تقدم المتظاهرين وأسهم حضوره بتأمين حشد كبير على خلاف الأعوام السابقة. ولعل مشاركة النقابي العتيق الذي أعاد الوهج والزخم للحركة النقابية، شكل دافعاً لعموم الناس للنزول الى الشارع والمشاركة في مسيرة الشيوعي ورفع شعارات حملت مطالبهم عالياً. وقد أعاد انتخاب غريب لمنصب الامين العام للحزب الشيوعي الأمل للشيوعيين في إحداث تغيير داخل صفوف حزبهم عسى ان يعود له دوره…

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عاملات المنازل في لبنان يطالبن بالتصديق على اتفاقية منظمة العمل الدولية

وكالة أنباء العمال العرب:احتفلت عاملات المنازل المهاجرات في لبنان بعيد العمال، بمسيرة مطلبية انطلقت من كنيسة مار يوسف في مونو، وصولا إلى ساحة كنيسة مار فرنسيس في شارع الحمرا، حيث احتفلن بمهرجان ثقافي وسوق تجاري نظمتهما عاملات ناشطات من جاليات مختلفة وعاملات أعضاء في نقابة عاملات المنازل التي تأسست في كانون الثاني من العام 2015. وشارك في هذا التحرك ناشطون في هيئات المجتمع المدني وداعمون لحقوق العاملات. وذكر عدد من المشاركات في المسيرة بمطالب العاملات المهاجرات وعاملات المنازل في لبنان، وأبرزها: تصديق الدولة اللبنانية على اتفاقية منظمة العمل الدولية رقم 189 المتعلقة بظروف العمل اللائق لعاملات المنازل التي دخلت حيز…

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Domestic worker throws herself off balcony north of Beirut

An Ethiopian maid was critically wounded Wednesday after she threw herself off a balcony in the city of Jbeil, north of Beirut. The state-run National News Agency said that the incident took place at the home of her employers in Jebil's Kasuba neighborhood. Internal Security Forces have opened an investigation into the incident. Source & Link: The Daily Star

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Lebanon Labor Ministry penalizes employment offices over violations

Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi announced Wednesday the cancellation of licenses for employment offices and the fining of foreign worker recruitment agencies over different violations. In a statement Azzi said the employment offices were not complying with their legal obligations and therefore had their licenses revoked. Inspectors from the ministry also fined a number of recruitment agencies for employing foreign workers who had no valid work permits. The owners of these agencies were referred to the public prosecutor. Azzi announced last month that the number of work permit renewals for domestic workers in Lebanon had decreased by 60 percent, adding that…

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Migrant Community Center opens in Sidon

In an ambience of solidarity, dozens of people gathered to commence the opening of the Migrant Community Center’s branch in Sidon. Several attended from Beirut while others made their way from villages south of the city. The day was a celebration of a community that has supported each other against all odds. “We have doubled our membership at the MCC with over 265 people,” Gemma, a Filipino activist with the MCC, told The Daily Star at the opening Sunday. “Migrant workers need a place that they can really call home. They want a place that is really their own.” Migrant…

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