Foreign maid commits suicide in Beirut by jumping off 7th floor


maid commits suicide in beirutA foreign domestic worker attempted suicide Sunday by throwing herself off the seventh floor of a building on the Hadi Nasrallah Street in Beirut’s southern suburbs.

Al-Jadeed television said “medics and security forces immediately arrived on the scene.”

A video aired by the TV network shows an ambulance crew attending to the maid and dressing what appears to be a major wound on her leg.

“What has she done to herself?” a citizen asks another in the footage as curious onlookers gather around the wounded woman amid the sirens of speeding ambulances.

On March 17, an employee and a secretary of an agency for the recruitment of migrant domestic workers were arrested after an Ethiopian maid filed a report alleging that she was raped and assaulted at the agency’s offices.

In 2012, Ethiopian housemaid Alem Dechasa, 34, committed suicide at a psychiatric hospital east of Beirut a few days after she was beaten by a man in Beirut.

Human Rights Watch documented deaths of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon in 2008 and found that there had been an average of one death a week from unnatural causes, including suicide and falls from tall buildings.

Many of the estimated 200,000 foreign domestic workers in Lebanon hail from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Ethiopia.

The most common complaints documented by the embassies of labor-sending countries and civil society groups include mistreatment by recruiters, non-payment or delayed payment of wages, forced confinement to the workplace, a refusal to provide any time off for the worker, forced labor, and verbal and physical abuse.



3 responses to “Foreign maid commits suicide in Beirut by jumping off 7th floor”

  1. AkhouManUki Avatar

    This aspect of our society disgusts me – how hard is it for our people to show compassion towards other human beings and accept that we are all the same, regardless of what passport we carry or the color of our skin.

    How many more people need to jump off buildings and hang themselves for us to stop allowing racists to treat other human beings as though they are of another species?

    1. sweetvirgo Avatar

      This is horrible what goes on not just in Lebanon but other middle eastern countries as well. I’ve seen first hand how some people mistreat the domestic help. I’ve seen a woman slap her maid just because she wasn’t walking fast.

      1. AkhouManUki Avatar

        It’s pure slavery – sure there is no ownership, but every other last detail resembles slavery. These poor people are attracted by the opportunity to make much more money than they could back home, but at what cost?

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