Will Our Local Pastors Lead the Fight? The Rampant Abuse of Migrant Domestic Workers in our Midst

Rose Khouri calls pastors to fight violence against domestic women in Lebanon.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

by Rose Khouri

Two months ago I arrived at the office expecting a normal day. I ended up driving a sobbing Kenyan woman to a shelter for abused migrant workers.

This young woman, terrified, crying, unable to make eye contact, is one of a quarter million guest workers – primarily women from East Africa and East/South East Asia – living and working in Lebanon. The abusive situation she was running away from is neither uncommon, nor surprising. 

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