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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.

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13 février 2007 2 13 /02 /février /2007 13:04

In June 2003, Walid, Steph and me went to an Ethiopian religious ceremony, the festivity of St. Gabriel in a church in Beirut.

As the ethiopian community in Lebanon consists almost exclusively of women, the ceremony  included but one man: the priest, especially brought over from Ethiopia for the occasion.

These women danced, sung and were loud for hours that morning and I could not help admiring their organization of the event: the choir, the women selling CD's and books, the dances...

It was another occasion were the power of religion and the church to organize around the migrants came to the fore. Women migrants, usually Christian origin like Filipino or Ethiopian, gather around their religious community and religious festivities, like Sundays, to see their friends, network and ask for help...

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