I am following several stories this week: In Lebanon, a devastating blast in the capital Beirut has compounded the already unconscionable hardships of life for thousands of migrant domestic workers. Amnesty International estimates there are more than 250,000 foreigners - or around 8% of the country's working population - who live within Lebanon's kafala system, a form of employment sponsorship and contract which gives all the power to the sponsor. When the country was hit with a financial crisis, some employees dumped domestic workers outside the women’s respective embassies. The COVID19 pandemic worsened their situation and now migrant worker activists and Lebanese civil society groups are scrambling to find, help and repatriate domestic workers who have been abandoned. The women are caught between the worst intersections of patriarchy: anti-Blackness, poverty, misogyny.
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