I went out of my room to see the lady who cleans our dorm, I’ve seen her before but never had a conversation with her, until yesterday.
Lina is 22 years old from Madagascar where the sand is white and the beaches are lovely not like Lebanon where the water is so polluted you can barely see blue in it.
The lady she used to work for before was so bad with her, yet she was a young woman.
She used to swear at her and tell her that she was a donkey, luckily Lina didn’t know what a donkey is until later she saw a photo of it.
Lina used to cry every day; every night… she didn’t want to work here anymore. She couldn't take it anymore.
Lina was only allowed to call her family once each two weeks and barely for 25 minutes; she couldn’t even talk to her own daughter.
When Lina was in Madagascar, she went to school, she learned French. I swear she speaks better than me.
She got married at 19 and had a daughter who’s now 5 years old.
She never worked before in her life, her husband was working and could bring anything to her and her daughter.
He got cancer and died, and due to the bad political situation in her country Lina had to leave Madagascar, her family and daughter to come work in the houses of people in Lebanon.
Now with the new employer, Lina is being well treated, but she can never forget how the other lady was treating her. She can’t wait till its 2012, to go see her daughter and never come back to this misery...
Hope you all have a good Sunday, and hope there will be more awareness about the situation of migrant workers in our country.