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Heartbreaking Photos of Kenyan Women Sleeping Outside Embassy in Lebanon for Three Weeks

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A multimedia journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, Matt Kynaston, has captured distressing images of 20 Kenyan women who have camped outside the Kenyan Consular office in the Lebanese first city.

According to various news sources in the Middle Eastern country, the women have been demanding to be flown back to Kenya, citing mistreatment from their employers who had employed them for domestic work.

According to the newsman, the group of Kenyan women has transformed the front of the Kenyan consulate, in Beirut, into a makeshift encampment.

The sight of heaps of clothes, cookware, and women sleeping on bare mattresses on the sidewalks is a stark contrast to the quickly-gentrifying neighbourhood of Badaro, where Lebanese sip on coffee, unperturbed, as the women protest meters away

The women stated that it was hard to live a dignified life in the Arab world with abusive employers and deceitful employment agents.

“We want to go back home, but our consulate is the problem. Instead of helping us, [the consul] is nowhere to be found. There’s no help from him.

“He told me to go away, to go home. We can’t. I was chased out by my agency. Others were chased out by their bosses. Others ran away because of the torture they were getting from their bosses,” one of the domestic workers told an international media outlet based in Lebanon.

In Kenya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Ambassador Raychelle Omamo has remained silent despite the start of the protest three weeks ago.

Middle Eastern countries such as United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait have been unwelcoming to Kenyan workers, with some flown back home in caskets.

Here are some photos which were taken by Matt Kynaston.

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