Overblog Suivre ce blog
Editer l'article Administration Créer mon blog


This blog is dedicated to women from Sri lanka and Ethiopia working as domestic workers in Beirut, Lebano
n. These women take upon themselves great voyages to foreign countries in the hope of a better future. Their courage and endurance is outstanding.

As time passes, the issues covered in this blog have expanded to cover other kinds of specific women's work like sex work, historical ways of describing the plight of women: white slavery, human traffic or modern slavery as well identitarian politics and gender...

If you want to contact us: minainbeirut[at]hotmail[dot]com



This is a blog by Socialautopsy, the visual research collective.

For more information, please contact:

and we will get in touch with you soon.

All our work is licensed under:
Creative Commons Attribution - No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License



5 janvier 2007 5 05 /01 /janvier /2007 21:57

The Chairman of the Foreign Employment Bureau was quoted saying that the Government hopes to evacuate 2600 Sri Lankan workers registered with the Sri Lanka embassy in Beirut. Only one casualty has been reported up to now out of the 80,000 workers involved.
three airlines -Sri Lankan, Qatar Airways and Aeroflot are airlifting workers free of charge. Workers have to rough out due to the large numbers involved but the Sri Lanka embassy, Caritas, IOM and other humanitarian organizations are assisting those who have been affected. The SLBFE has provided IDD facilities to the workers to enable them to contact their families back home
There are a number of workers who have overstayed their visas due to the lucrative nature of employment. On the other hand the Lebanon employees have to spend around US$ 1500-2000 to get each worker and they are reluctant to let them go.




By Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Beirut, is handling a gigantic effort of moving nearly 80,000 migrant workers employed in that country to safer places, foreign Ministry sources said.
The Sri Lanka Embassy was engaged in a massive operation in moving the Sri Lankan migrant workers out of the endangered areas now being bombed for the sixth day by Israeli jets the sources said.

The operation involved workers who were rushing to the embassy asking for protection and also workers who in detention centers of the government for visa violations who were being freely released without any conditions so they could escape to safer places not harmed by Israeli jets.
The Sri lankan foreign Ministry said that there had been no report of any Sri Lankan injured or killed by the Israeli bombing so far.

The Ministry has been keeping a round the clock watch in consultation with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment on . Colombo has sent additional Bureau officials and allowed the embassy to recruit local staff to beef up its services to assist Sri Lankans seeking its help, the sources said. The embassy has sought Lebanese humanitarian organizations to help, feed and shelter Sri Lankan migrant workers running away from the bombs.

The embassy was hiring buses to transport those who needed help. The embassy was trying to evacuate about 1500 endangered Sri Lankans from an area called Hyda which was directly on the onslaught of the bombing. There were many problems the embassy was facing to move these people out. Not many drivers were willing to take their vehicles on hire to this area. The other problem was roads and bridges have been destroyed by the Israeli bombing in the area.

A Sinhalese nun called Sister Leela who has been caring for Sri Lankan evacuees interviewed by the BBC’s Sandeshaya said yesterday the Sri Lankan Embassy informed her that another bus load of 100 will be arriving at her center for safety.

A foreign Ministry statement further said,” The Government is in touch with authorities regarding further action on contingency planning and for safety of Sri Lankans,” but did not describe what they are.

The statement added, if the need arises, assistance will be obtained from International Organisation for Migrants and other governments with whom the Sri Lankan Government is in touch through diplomatic channels for those who wish to return.

The statement also said, “The information and help desk will continue to function at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SLBFE and Sri Lanka Embassy in Beirut.”



Partager cet article

Repost 0
Published by Maidinbeirut - dans lebanon
commenter cet article