graphic above © Ibn Bint Jbeil 2005
On his blog, Moussa Bashir highlights the disturbing issue of the widespread abuse inflicted on foreign domestic workers in Lebanese households. It is something to be ashamed of. Any family that invites a young woman into their home as a live-in domestic worker should treat her as a sister or a daughter; anything less is expressive of that family's illness, as well as a societal illness.
I want to say that I feel proud when a fellow lebanese such as Mr. Bashir stands up for what's right, even if that be contrary to the mainstream culture's expectations of what is prudent about a subject.
I truly believe that when belligerent Lebanese employers (and I do know that the problem also exists in other Arab countries) abuse their guest workers, whether it remains on the level of emotional abuse or reaches one level of physical abuse or another, that abusive employer is divulging their own weakness, self-hatred, identity confusion, racism, and a cycle of ceaseless societal abuse that is an integral aspect of the culture, and which must be abolished from our midst. GOD HELP US.
PLEASE READ MOUSSA BACHIR's Sept 13 & Sept 16 articles.