Migrant workers in Beirut have been left “destitute and in dire need of assistance” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating explosion which destroyed large parts of the port area of the Lebanese capital city. That’s according to the International Organization for Migration.
Agnes, from Sierra Leone, a domestic worker says she was “kicked out” of the house she was working in and “left without work”, after the pandemic struck.
Many are making it home, like Natalie who came to Lebanon to earn money to pay for her sibling’s education. She left her employers after they became violent towards her. She was sleeping on the streets until a local organization helped her find her way back to Kenya.
All names are pseudonyms, to protect the identity of the migrants interviewed.