This Is Lebanon https://thisislebanon.org The stories of abuse of migrant workers in Lebanon shall no longer be hidden from fear of oppressors. Read them and weep. And share widely to help bring change. End the kafala (slavery) system. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:11:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Update: Boutros Bou Younes Says Sonam Is Happy https://thisislebanon.org/unpaid-wages/update-lebanese-doctor-wine-grower-says-sonam-happy/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=update-lebanese-doctor-wine-grower-says-sonam-happy https://thisislebanon.org/unpaid-wages/update-lebanese-doctor-wine-grower-says-sonam-happy/#respond Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:34:31 +0000 https://thisislebanon.org/?p=293/ Story A: Provided by the ’employers’ of Sonam. “She’s fine. She likes to live here. If she didn’t like to live here, she would have already left to Nepal. But she likes here. She has money and everything. She’s very happy.” They say she’s working for the family’s elderly mother in the mountains who has …

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Story A: Provided by the ’employers’ of Sonam. “She’s fine. She likes to live here. If she didn’t like to live here, she would have already left to Nepal. But she likes here. She has money and everything. She’s very happy.” They say she’s working for the family’s elderly mother in the mountains who has no phone so there’s no way of contacting her.

Story B: Provided by Sonam’s family. “There was no contact for so very long. But recently surprisingly she had contact with her cousin, Nita, who works in Lebanon. Sonam told Nita her owner says her passport is lost and sometimes he says she can’t return back to Nepal.”

Apparently Sonam is just so happy working for the family that she hasn’t wanted to go home for 10 years, not even for a holiday to see her family. Not even after her father died in an earthquake. She’s so happy that she doesn’t mind that she hasn’t received any payment since 2013.

Which story do you believe? Can you provide us with more info about this family?

These are the phone numbers we have for Boutros: 09-942 728 and 03-442 223. Give him a call and tell him you’ve read about him on This Is Lebanon.

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Boutros Bou Younes, Where is Sonam? https://thisislebanon.org/general-abuse/boutros-bou-younes-sonam/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=boutros-bou-younes-sonam https://thisislebanon.org/general-abuse/boutros-bou-younes-sonam/#respond Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:35:51 +0000 https://thisislebanon.org/?p=273/ Sonam Moktan (Nepal) arrived in Lebanon early 2007 and was sent to work for Boutros Bou Younes, Main Rd, Jbeil. During the last 10 years she has remitted only $1500 back to Nepal. She has not been back home all that time because “her owners didn’t want to send her.” She called only rarely – “she …

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Sonam Moktan (Nepal) arrived in Lebanon early 2007 and was sent to work for Boutros Bou Younes, Main Rd, Jbeil. During the last 10 years she has remitted only $1500 back to Nepal. She has not been back home all that time because “her owners didn’t want to send her.” She called only rarely – “she had to call secretly, by hiding, when no one was at home.” “She was beaten by owner’s mother.”  Her brother writes, “2 Months ago when I called her …she informed that she would be sent back to Nepal. And she convinced them to send her to airport…she was taken somewhere else instead of airport ..and now she is not in that house…I think she is taken somewhere else which is serious concern.”

This is Lebanon contacted Rayes Trading for their help. Initially they replied “I think she is good but I will search her place.” Then despite several more requests for help, no response. Someone must know Boutros Bou Younes. Someone must know where Sonam is. Please contact This Is Lebanon with any information. Thanks.
سنام مقتان” من النيبال.
وصلت الى لبنان اوائل عام 2007 و قد تم ارسالها للعمل لدى “بطرس بو يونس”، مدينة جبيل الطريق العام.
خلال العشر سنوات الماضية لم ترسل سوى 4500$ الى النيبال.
ولم تعد الى وطنها طوال الوقت وذلك لان” ارباب عملها لا يريدون ارسالها”.
كانت نادرا ما تتصل بعائلتها، وكانت مجبرة على الاتصال بشكل سري عن طريق الاختباء او عندما يكون ارباب المنزل في الخارج.
تعرضت سونام للتعنيف من قبل والدة رب العمل.
بحسب كتابات اخو سونام: ” عندما اتصلت بها من شهرين … اخبرتني انه سوف يتم اعادتها الى النيبال. وقد اقنعتهم بارسالها الى المطار… ولكن تم اخذها الى مكان اخر غير المطار… وهي الان لم تعد بنفس المنزل الذي ذكرناه… اعتقد انه تم اخذها الى مكان اخر وهذا يسبب قلق جدي.”
قام موقع “This Is Lebanon”
بمراسلة شركة “الريس” للتجارة لطلب المساعدة منهم.
في البداية كان جوابهم ” اعتقد انها بخير ولكن سوف ابحث عن مكانها.”
ولكن بعد ان عدنا وطلبنا المساعدة عدة مرات، لم يعد هناك تجاوب.
على احد ان يتعرف علر بطرس بو يونس.
على احد ان يعرف اين هي سونام.
ارجوكم قوموا بمراسلة “This Is Lebanon”في حال توافر اي معلومات .
شكرا جزيلا.

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Cleaner of LAU Dorms is a Slave https://thisislebanon.org/unpaid-wages/cleaner-lau-dorms-slave/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cleaner-lau-dorms-slave https://thisislebanon.org/unpaid-wages/cleaner-lau-dorms-slave/#comments Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:29:08 +0000 https://thisislebanon.org/?p=229/ Here are the details in a nutshell: Florence arrived in Lebanon June, 2014 and left June, 2017. Her first 18 months salary were paid but the last 18 months remain unpaid. She was sent back to Kenya for her father’s funeral with the promise of return so didn’t even take her clothes. Her employers separated …

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Here are the details in a nutshell: Florence arrived in Lebanon June, 2014 and left June, 2017. Her first 18 months salary were paid but the last 18 months remain unpaid. She was sent back to Kenya for her father’s funeral with the promise of return so didn’t even take her clothes. Her employers separated at the end of 2016. Nicolas left M* with a mountain of debt and now lives in London. He works at Noura Lebanese Restaurant. We contacted both M* and Nicolas to try and recover Florence’s unpaid salary. M* blocked us. Nicolas didn’t respond (though saw the messages). M* was paid by the owners of LAU H dorms for the work that Florence did cleaning. So M* not only didn’t pay Florence but was benefitting financially from the work she was making Florence do. And she’s had a few trips to Dubai since the separation where she bought new clothes and jewellery. After much deliberation, we decided to conceal M’s name as we don’t want to be responsible for tipping her over the edge. She’s not without blame, though. She could’ve taken Flo back to the agency if she could no longer afford to pay her. Instead, she chose to profit from her labour. Slavery in Lebanon? You better believe it. What can Florence do to get her salary??? It would be nice if she could buy a pair of shoes that fitted after her 3 years in Lebanon.

Here is Florence’s story in her own words: I am Florence Njoki Wangari. I arrived in Lebanon 11th June 2014 at midnight. My employers were a couple with children age 19 and 12. My mister was Nicholas Angelina. My madam is a teacher and she paints. In the first 3 months I asked madam M to send me back to Agency office because I didn’t want to work with her anymore. I was overworked and not enough food. She used to insult me, abusing and calling me sharmuta. She told me if i wanted to go back to Kenya I had to pay her 5000 dollars. After 2 years we moved and we stayed in H DORM*, near Lebanese American University  (LAU) – dorms for the students. I used to clean the stairs, offices and 10 rooms and they were very dirty. I remember I didn’t have time to rest or even take lunch. I asked for my salary but she kept telling me it was in the bank. I worked very hard cleaning H DORMS alone. It wasn’t easy work cleaning and collecting garbage. Mr Rony and Joseph Hawatt  should read this because when they came to check if the dorms were clean they would congratulate me. M please pay my salary. Last June 1 my Dad died and I told M I wanted to pay my last respects at the funeral of my dad. I remember I was very sick and I couldn’t walk alone. I am sincere. It’s so painful. When I asked for my salary she told me to go to Kenya for the burial then come back again to Lebanon and she would send my money. Unfortunately when I got to Kenya she blocked me and no response from her. She is a devil woman. How could she lie to me knowing the suffering I am facing right now. Please, I need my 3000 dollars. I worked for it. I have too much pain and stress.

  • LAU, when contacted, said H Dorm is not owned or operated by them.

 

ببساطة هذه هي التفاصيل:”فلورنس” جائت الى لبنان بشهر حزيران عام 2014
ورحلت عنه بنفس الشهر من عام 2017.
تم دفع مستحقاتها لاول ثمانية عشر شهرا، ولكن الثمانية عشر شهرا الباقين لا زالو غير مدفوعين. لقد تم ترحيلها الي كينيا بسبب وفاة والدها وحاجتها لحضور الجنازة ، وقد وعدت بالعودة ولم تاخذ ملابسها معها.
اواخر عام 2016 انفصل ارباب عمل فلورنس عن بعضهما، ترك السيد”نيكولاس” زوجته السيدة “م” غارقة بالديون وهو الان يعيش في لندن ويعمل في مقهى “نورا” اللبناني.
حاولنا كثيرا ان نتواصل مع السيدة م والسيد نيكولاس بهدف استعادة نفقات فلورنس الغير مدفوعة. قامت السيدة م ب”حظرنا” ومنعنا من التواصل معها، اما السيد نيكولاس فقد رأى رسائلنا ولكنه لم يرد.
تقاضت السيدة م اتعاب فلورنس من اصحاب سكن الجامعة اللبنانية الاميريكية حيث كانت فلورنس تعمل بالتنظيف. فالسيدة م لم تكتفي بعدم دفع مستحقات فلورنس بل كانت ايضا تستفيد ماديا من العمل التي كانت تجبر فلورنس على فعله.
ليس هذا فقط ، بل ان السيدة م قامت ببعض الرحلات الى دبي منذ انفصالها عن السيد نيكولاس حيث قامت بشراء بعض الملابس والمجوهرات.
بعد التفكير والمشاورات، قررنا ابقاء هوية السيدة م سرا لاننا لا نريد ان نكون مسؤولين عن الخلل او حالة عدم الاستقرار التي ستعاني منه.هي لبست ببريئة. كان بامكانها اعادة فلورنس الى شركة التوظيف لو انها لم تعد قادرة على دفع مستحقاتها. ولكنها قررت استغلالها والاستفادة من عملها.
هل هذه عبودية في لبنان؟ من الافضل ان تصدق .
ماذا يمكن لفلورنس ان تفعل كي تستعيد مستحقاتها؟ سيكون من الجيد لو كان باستطاعتها ان تشتري حذائا يناسب مقاسها بعد ثلالث سنوات من العمل في لبنان

هذه قصة فلورنس كما روتها بنفسها:انا “فلورنس نجوكي وانغاري”. وصلت الى لبنان بتاريخ 11 من شهر حزيران عام 2014 منتصف الليل. ارباب عملي كانو زوجين ولديهم ولدين بعمر 19 و 12.السيد هو “نيكولاس انجيلينا” اما السيدة فكانت معلمة وتمارس هواية الرسم.
خلال الاشهر الثلاث الاولى طلبت من السيدة م اعادتي الى مكتب التوظيف لاني لم ارد العمل معها . كنت اعمل بشكل يفوق الطبيعي ولم احصل على كمية كافية من الطعام. كانت تهينني وتنعتني بالعاهرة .
قالت لي انه اذا اردت ان اعود الى كينيا فيجب علي ان ادفع 5000 دولار لها.
بعد سنتين انتقلنا و سكننا في مساكن “ه” قرب الجامعة اللبنانية الاميريكية، كانت هذه المساكن مخصصة لطلاب الجامعة.
كنت انظف الدرج،المكاتب، 10 غرف وكانو بغاية القذارة.
اذكر انه لم يكن لدي وقت لاستريح او اكل وقت الغداء.
كنت اطالب براتبي ولكنها دائما كانت تجيب بأنه في البنك.
عملت بقسوة كبيرة بتنظيف كل المساكن لوحدي.
لم يكن من السهل القيام بكل التنظيف و جمع القمامة.
اتمنى لو يقرأ كل من السيد “جوزيف وروني حواط” هذا المقال لانه بكل مرة كانو يرون المساكن نظيفة كانو يهنئونني.

!ايتها السيدة م ، ارجوكي اعطيني رواتبي
في اليوم الاول من شهر حزيران الماضي، توفى والدي وطلبت من السيدة م اعطائي رواتبي كي اساعد في مصاريف جنازة ابي.
اذكر انني كنت مريضة جدا وغير قادرة على المشي لوحدي. اقولها بكل صدق ، انه شعور مؤلم جدا.
عندما طالبت برواتبي قالت لي ان اذهب الى كينيا للدفن واعود الى لبنان وسوف ترسل لي المال.
للاسف عند وصولي الى كينيا قامت بحظري ولم استطع الحصول على اي جواب منها.
انها شيطانة، كيف استطاعت ان تكذب علي وهي على علم بكل الالم الذي اشعر به الان؟
ارجوكم اريد ال ثلالث الاف دولار، لقد عملت بجهد وشدة لاجلهم. اشعر بالكثير من الالم والضغط.

 

የፍሎረንስ ታሪክ በራሷ ቃሎች ተቀምጧል. እኔ ፍሎረንስ ኢንጃኪ ዋንገሬ ነኝ. በሊባኖስ 11 ቀን 2014 እኩለ ሌሊት ላይ ደረስኩ. አሠሪዎቼ ዕድሜያቸው 19 እና 12 የሆኑ ልጆች ያሏቸው ባልና ሚስት ነበሩ. የእኔ ቡስ ኒኮላስ አንጄሊና ነበር. የእኔ እመቤት አስተማሪ እና ስአሌ ነበረች. በመጀመሪያ ሶስት ወራት ውስጥ ከእሷ ጋር ለመስራት አልፈለኩም ነበር: ቤሩ እንድትመልስኝ ለምኝት ነበራ: ምክንያቱም. ከልክ በላይ ሥራ ስለነበረኝ በቂ ምግብ አልነበረም. እሱ ታሾፈብኝ, የሚያዋርደኝ, የሚያሳዝነኝ እና ሸራሙታአ ብላ ትሰድበኝ ነበር. ወደ ኬንያን መመለስ ከእፈለኩ ለሱ 5000 ዶላር መክፈል አለብቨ አለቸኝ. ከሁለት አመታት በኋላ ወደ አሜሪካን ዩኒቨርስቲ (LAU) የተማሪዎች ህንፃዎች ውስጥ ተቀመጥን. ደረጃዎችን, ጽፈት / ቤቶችን እና 10 ክፍሎችን እጸዳ ነበር በጣም ቆሻሻ ነበር. ለማረፍ ወይም ሌላው ቀርቶ ምሳ ለመውሰድ የሚያስችል ጊዜ እንደሌለኝ አስታውሳለሁ. ደሙዜን ጠየቅሁት ብሬ ባንኩ ውስጥ እንደሁነ ሁልጊዜ ይነግረኝ ነበር. ዱራሙችን ብቻዪን ጽዳት እሰራ ነበር. ቆሻሻ ማጽዳትና ቆሻሻ ማከማቸት ቀላል አልነበረም. ሚስተር ሩኖ እና ጆሴፍ ሃዋድ ይህን ማንበብ አለባቸው ምክንያቱም ዶርምቹ ንጹህ መሆናቸውን ለማየት ሲመጡ ደስ ይላቸዋል ነበራ M እባክዎን ደሞዜ ይክፈሉ. ባለፈው ሰኔ 1 አባቴ ሞተ እና እኔ ለአባቴ የቀብር ሥነ ሥርዓት ለመገኝት እፋልግ ነበር. በጣም ታምሜ እንደነበር እና መራመድ አልችልም ነበር. ደመዚን በጠየቅኩኝ ጊዜ ወደ ኬንያ ሄጄና ስትመለሼ ወደ ሊባኖስ አሱ ገንዘቤን እንደምትልክልኝ ነገረችኝ. በሚያሳዝን ሁኔታ ወደ ኬንያ ስሄድ ወደ እዛ እነዳልመለሰ ዘጋችብኝ. እንዴት ውሸት ትናገራለችአሁን እየተጋፈጥኩኝ ያለውን መከራ ሳታውቅ. እባክዎ ገንዘቤን የለፋሁበትን 3000 ዶላር እፈልጋለሁ. ብዙ ህመሞች እና ውጥረቶች አሉብኝ.

ዝርዝሮቹ በአጭሩ እነሆ:_ ፍሎረንስ ወደ ሊባኖስ እ.ኤ.አ. በጁን 2014 ደረሰች እና ከሰኔ, 2017 እ.ኤ.አ.. የመጀመሪያዎቹ 18 ወራት ደመወዝ ቢከፈሉትም የመጨረሻዎቹ 18 ወራት ግን አልተከፈሉትም. አባቷን ለመቅበራ ስትሂድ ንብረቱን ልብሱቹን አልያዘች አልወሰደችም ነበር ምክንያቱም እንደ ሜመልሱት ቌል ገብተውላት ነበራ አስሬውቹ 2016 መጨረሻ ላይ ተለያዩ ተፍቱ : ኒኮላስ * M * ባለ ብዙ ዕዳ ያለበት ስው ነው፡እና በዚህ የተነስ ዓገር ለቁ አሁን በለንደን ሀገራ ይኖራል. ሊባኖስ ኑራ ምግብ ቤት ውስጥ ነበር የሜስራው. የፍሎረንስ ደምዝን ያልተከፈላትን ለመቀበል ሜሴጁ ልከን * እሱ ኒኮላስ አይቱ ዝም መልስ የለም . እስክ አሁን መልስ አልሰጠም (ምንም እንኳን መልእክቱን ቢመለከትም). M * ፍሎሬንስ የስራቸበትን ገንዘብ መዳም ብሩን ከ LAU እየ ተቀበለች ለራሱ ታውለው ነበር. ባሉን ከፋታች በሁላ ዱባይ ድረስ እየ ሄደች አዲስ ልብስ እና ጌጣጌጥ በመግዛት እራሱን ታስውበት ነበር. ጉዳዩን ከተከታተልን በኋላ, የእርሷን ስም ለመደበቅ ተገደናል, በአሁኑ ስአት እሱ ያለችበት ሁኔታ አስከፈ ስለሁነ፡ እራሱን እንዳትገል ፉራተን ግን ስእተቱ የእሷ ነው፡ ለመክፈል አቅም ከሌለት Flo ወደ ኤጀንሲ ወስዳ መመለሰ ትችለ ነበር. በምትኩ ግን በጉልበቱ ሥራ እያ ስራች ትርፍ ለማግኘት ወሰነች.. ፍሎረር ደሞዟን ለማግኘት ምን ሊያደርግ ይችላል? በሊባኖስ ውስጥ ለ 3 ዓመታት ከቆየች በኋላ አንድ ጥንድ ጫማ መግዛት እንኩን ከቻለች ጥሩ ነው.በሱ ላይ የደረሰ ማንም ላይ እንዳይደራስ እግዚዕብሄርን እለምነዋለሁ::

 

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Jealous Patricia Galbankian Makes False Theft Accusation https://thisislebanon.org/unjust-imprisonment/jealous-patricia-galbankian-makes-false-theft-accusation/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jealous-patricia-galbankian-makes-false-theft-accusation https://thisislebanon.org/unjust-imprisonment/jealous-patricia-galbankian-makes-false-theft-accusation/#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:29:28 +0000 https://thisislebanon.org/?p=125/ My Story by Juli Lim I arrived in Lebanon January 15, 2014 at midnight. My male employer picked me up at the airport and in the morning even though I don’t have good sleep I started to work. My employers were a couple with three children aged 20,18 and 17 at that time. The children …

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My Story by Juli Lim

I arrived in Lebanon January 15, 2014 at midnight. My male employer picked me up at the airport and in the morning even though I don’t have good sleep I started to work. My employers were a couple with three children aged 20,18 and 17 at that time. The children are good and the mister (Jack M) , only the madam (Patricia Galbankian) treating me like an animal.

My mister is a businessman and my madam do painting. Most of the time she’s at home. In my first three months I already ask my employer to send me back to agency because I don’t want to work with them anymore. I lose weight because I don’t have good food and too much work. I ate only if my madam give me something to eat. If nothing, sure I sleep with empty stomach. My salary I never hold it even once. They automatically send it to my family.

My employer has a big house in Sin el Fil with animals, 2 dogs and 2 cats always makes dirty and I always do cleaning. She’s a jealous woman. She don’t want I do work near them. If they stay in salon I go in their rooms and kitchen where they can’t see me. Every day I start working at 6am till 11 or midnight. She’s always shouting at me. She even call me stupid and sharmuta (whore). How dare she?

I always tell them to send me back to agency but she always refused. She told me if you want to go back to your country you have to pay back the money we use to bring you to Lebanon. I don’t have US$4000 to pay. I always cry but it was no use. I let the days and nights pass by and hope that one day I can go home.

I accept anything and everything she have done to me – feeding me spoiled food, insulting me and hurting me physically, and I close my eyes and accept the fact that I can’t do anything with my situation. All I do is pray that God will not forsake me. After exactly 1 year and 9 months, on Aug 28 2015, a police knock on the employer’s door. My madam told me to open the door and I saw 2 policemen. I told my madam that she have visitors. She told me to let them in.

I was about to leave when a police told me to stay because they came for me. That day my mister was in business travel. The police told me my madam accusing me of stealing money and jewellery. Of course I denied because it really wasn’t true. I even told the police to search my things to check if I do it and they opened everything. They didn’t find anything except a bracelet in my backpack that I hadn’t seen even once.

Of course I know it was a set up of devil madam. I begged them not to arrest me but they don’t listen. I even kneel down to my madam to not bring me to prison but she still show her poker face like she was the victim. They took me to the police station and start to investigate me. I tell them that I didn’t know how was that bracelet in my bag but they insist that I steal it. The embassy came and they also ask what happen to me and ask if they can relay my situation to my family. I tell them to contact my sister so they will find a solution for the situation that I’ve been involve.

To make the story short I was in jail for almost 3 months. I go in trials and I stand up for my rights that I didn’t steal. I contacted my male employer and he help me out of jail and pay all my bills at jail and my ticket. He also pay my salary that my madam didn’t pay. Now I am with my family. I also have good work here and I moved on. Maybe I didn’t yet forgive my madam but maybe one day.

To God be the glory,

Juli Lim.

قصتي:
بتاريخ 15 من شهر كانون الثاني عم 2014 عند منتصف الليل، وصلت الى لبنان.
لاقاني صاحب مكتب توظيف العاملات بمطار بيروت وفورا بدات عملي في الصباح، رغم انني لم انم جيدا.
عملت في منزل لزوجين و ثلالث اولا عمرهم  17 و 18 و 20  في ذلك الوقت.
لقد عاملني الاب(جاك م) والاولاد بشكل جيد، فقط السيدة(باتريسيا غالباكيان) قد عاملتني وكانني حيوان.
السيد هو رجل اعمال والسيدة ترسم .وهي في المنزل اغلب الاوقات.
خلال الاشهر الثلاث الاولى طالبت بان اعود الى الشركة لاني لم ارد العمل معهم .
خسرت الكثير من الوزن لاني لم احصل على الطعام الكافي في العمل.
كنت اكل فقط اذا اعطتني السيدة شيئا لاكله.
وان لم تعطيني فبالطبع كنت انام بمعدة فارغة.
اما راتبي فلم احصل عليه ابدا ، فقد كانو يرسلونه مباشرة الى عائلتي.
يملك السيد جاك منزل كلير في منطقة تدعى سن الفيل، لديهم كلبين و قطتين ودائما ما يوسخون الارض وانا اعود وانظفها من جديد.
السيدة غيورة جدا وكانت تمنعني من العمل باي مكان قريب منهم.
فاذا كانو في غرفة الجلوس اكون انا في غرفة النوم او المطبخ كي لا يرونني.
في كل يوم كنت ابدا عملي في الساعة السادسة صباحا وانهيه الساعة الحادية عشرة ليلا او حتى منتصف الليل.
كانت السيدة تصرخ بوجهي بشكل دائم وتوجه لي الشتائم والاهانات ، وكانت تنعتني بالعاهرة او الغبية.
كيف تجرأت؟!!
دائما ما كنت ارجوهم ان يعيدونني الى الي مكتب تامين العاملات ولكنها كانت ترفض بشكل دائم، وكانت تقول بانه اذا اردت ان اعود فيجب علي ان ادفع ال 4000 دولار التي دفعوها ثمن احضاري الى لبنان وانا لا املك شيئا منها.
بكيت كثيرا وكان البكاء بلا فائدة.
وتمر الايام والليالي وانا اتمنى العودة للمنزل .
تقبلت واقعي وكل ما فعلت بي بوقتها من اهانات وعنف نفسي وجسدي والطعام السيء وغيرها…
كنت اغمض عيني واتقبل حقيقة انني عاجزة عن فعل اي شيء.
كل ما كنت افعله هو الصلاة للرب كي يعينني، وبعد عام و 9 اشهر يوم ال 25 من شهر اب عام 2015 قرع رجال من الشرطة باب المنزل.
طلبت مني السيدة ان افتح الباب، فتحت و  وجدت رجلين وقلت للسيدة ان لدينا زوار.
طلبت مني ادخالهم . و انا ذاهبة طلب كني احد الشرطيين ان ابقى لانهم اتو من اجلي. كان السيد مسافرة للعمل .
الشرطة قالو لي ان السيدة تتهمني بسرقة مال او جواهر منها.
رفضت هذه الاتهامات لانها فعلا كانت باطلة.
حتى انني طالبت الشرطة بتفتيش اغراضي والتاكد من صحة كلامي ، فقامو بتفتيش اغراضي  ولم يجدو سوى اسوارة صغيرة لم ارها بحياتي قبل ذاك اليوم.
عندها عرفت انها قصة مدبرة  من السيدة الشريرة.
ترجيتهم كي لا يعتقلوني ولكنهم لم يصغو الي.
حتى انني ركعت عند اقدام السيدة كيلا تاخذني الى السجن ولكنها لم تأبه او تهتم وكانها الضحية.
اخذوني الى قسم الشرطة وبدأوو التحقيق معي وقلت لهم انني لم اعلم كيف وصلت الاسوارة الى اغراضي، ولكنهم اصرو انني سرقتها.
كما جاء مندوبون من السفارة وسالو عما حصل ليرو اذا كان بامكانهم اخبر عائلتي بالقصة.
طلبت منهم التواصل مع اختي كي يجدو حلا للوضع الذي انا به.
لاختصر القصة ، بقيت في السجن مدة ثلالث اشهر.
ذهبت للمحكمة ودافعت عن حقي وبرائتي من تهمة السرقة.
بعدها تواصلت مع صاحب مكتب التوظيف الذي تكفل بجميع النفقات واشترى لي تذكرة السفر ودفع لي الراتب الذي لم تدفعه السيدة.
اليوم انا مع عائلتي ووجدت وظيفة جيدة وتخطيت الموضوع.
لم اسامح السيدة بعد ولكن ممكن ان ياتي يوم اسامحها به.
المجد لله .
جولي ليم.

የኔ ሒወት (ጁሊ ሊም)
እኔ ወደ ሊባኖን የመጣሁት እኩለ ለሊት ስድስት ሰዓት ሲሆን በወወቅቱ ከሊባኖን ኤርፖርት የተቀበለኝ ከፊሌ ወደ መኖሪያ ቤታቸዉ ወሰደኝህ የተኛሁትን ሰዓት ሳላዉቀዉ ነጋ ጠዋት ሥራ ጀመርኩ አሰሪዎቼ ሶስት ልጆች አሏቸዉ ሰዉየዉ እና ልጆቹ ጥሩ ናቸዉ።
የኔ ከፊል ሰዉየዉ ሲሆን ስራዉም የቢዝነስ ሰዉ ነዉ ።ሴትየዋ ደግሞ በቤት ዉስጥ ስዕል
በመሳል ታሳልፋለች፤ሴትየዋ ለኔ ያላት አመለካከት በጣም መጥፎ ነዉ እንደ እንስሳ ነዉ
የምታየኝ ሦስት ወር ከቆየው በኋላ መስራት አልፈልግም ኤጀንሲ ዉሰጂኝ አልኳት ነገር ግን አልወሰደችኝም በቂ ምግብ ስለማላገኝ ሆዴን በጣም ያመኛል ሴትየዋ ካልሰጠችኝ ምግብ አቅርቦ መመገብ አይቻልም የምትሰጠኝ ምግብ የተበላሸ እና ተርፎ የሚጣል ነው ደሞዜን
ትላክ አትላክ አላዉቅም።ቤታቸዉ ሊባኖን ቤይሩት ከተማ ሲነልፊን የሚባል ሠፈር ሲሆን ቤታቸው በጣም ትልቅ ነዉ።ሁለት ድመት እና ሁለት ዉሻ አላቸዉ እንስሳቶቹ ቤቱን በጣም ያቆሽሻሉ እረፍት የሚባል ነገር የለም በየጊዜው በየሰዓቱ ማፅዳት ነው ሴትየዋ በጣም ትቀ ትቀናለች ቤተሰቦቿ ሳሎን ከተቀመጡ እኔ ሌላ ክፍል እደበቃለዉ በፍፁም እንዲያዩኝ አትፈልግም ሁልጊዜ ጠዋት ሰድስት ሰዓት እነሳለዉ አስራ ሁለት ሰዓት ስራ እጨርሳለው ያለምንም እረፍት ከሴትየዋ ጭቅጭቅና ለዓይምሮ ለጆሮ ከሚሠቀጥጥ ስድቦቿ ጋር (ስቱፒድ ፣ሸርሙጣ) እያለች ትሰድበኛለች በጣም ደፋርናት፨አሁንም በድጋሚ ወደ ኤጀንሲ እንዲወስዱኝ መስራት እንደማልፈልግ ደጋግሜ ነገርኳቸዉ በፍፁም አልወስድም ወደሀገርሽ መሳፈር ከፈለግሽ (አራት ሺ ዶላር)ከሀገርሽ አምጪና ኤጀንሲ እወስድሻለዉ አለችኝ ።ይሕን ያህል ገንዘብ የለኝም
ሁልጊዜ አለቅሳለዉ ነገርግን ምንም መፍትሔ አላገኘሁም።
ቀናት ቀናቶችን እየተካ ጊዜዉ ነጎደ የኔ ስቃይ እየባሰ አየጨመረ ሄደ ሁሌም ሀገሬ መሳፈር አስባለዉ አንድቀን እንኳን ተዘናግቼ አላዉቅም ።ሴትየዋ መጥፎ ብትሆንም እኔ ግን በጣም
ታግሻታለዉ ፤ ሴትዮዬ የምትሰጠኝ ምግብ የተበላሸ ሲሆን ለምን ብዬ ከጠየኩ አንቺ እንስሳ ሸርሙጣ አህያ እብድ ከዛም ብሶ ትመታኛለች አንድም እንቅስቃሴም ሆነ ቀና ብዬ አላያትም አይኔን ጨፍኜ መመታትና መሰደብ ብቻ ምንም የማድረግ አቅምም ሆነ ጉልበት የለኝም በቃ
ተሥፋ ቆርጫለዉ ወደ ኤጀንሲ እንደማይወስዱኝ እርግጠኛ ነኝ።
አንድቀን (አንድ አመት ከዘጠኝ ወር) ሲሆነኝ እርግጠኛ ነኝ የመኖሪያ ቤቱ በር ተንኳኳ በሩን ክፈቺ
አለችኝ በሩን ስከፍት ሁለት ፖሊሶች ነበሩ ሄጄም ፖሊሶች ናቸዉ አልኳት ግቡ በያቸዉ አለችኝ ፖሊሶቹም ወደመኖሪያ ቤቱ ገቡ እኔም ወደሥራዬ ልሔድ ስል ቆይ አንቺን ፈልገን ነው የመውጣነዉ አሉኝ የዛን ዕለት ሚስተር ወደ ሌላ ሀገር ተሳፍሮ ነበር።ከዛም ለፖሊሶቹ ብር እና ጌጣጌጥ ሰርቃለች አለቻቸዉ ፊትለፊቴ እኔም በፍፁም አልወሰድኩም ሂዱና ቦርሳዬን ፈትሹ አልኳቸዉ ፖሊሶቹ ቦርሳዬን ሲፈትሹ የማዳሜን ብራስሌት አገኙ እርግጠኛ ነኝ ሴትየዋ ናት ይሄን ወጥመድ ያዘጋጀችዉ በእርግጠኝነት የምነግራችሁ እኔ በፍፁም አልወሰድኩም።
ፖሊሶቹን እባካችሁ አትሰሩኝ ብዬ ለመንኳቸዉ ሴትዮዬን እግሯ ላይ ተደፍቼ ለመንኳት የሚሰማኝ አልነበረም በእዉነት የተሰረቀች ነበር የምትመስለዉ።ወደ ፖሊስ ጣቢያ ተወሰድኩኝ የቃል ምርመራ አደረኩኝ እኔ ሌባ አይደለሁም ቦርሳዬ ዉስጥ ማን እንከተተዉ አላዉቅም ፖሊሶቹም ሰርቀሻል ሌባ ነሽ ብለዉ እኔ ላይ ፈረዱ።የፊሊፒን ኢምባሲ ወደ ጣቢያ መጡ ከቤተሰቦችሽ ጋር መገናኘት ትፈልጊያለሽ ብለዉ ጠየቁኝ እህቴ ጋር ደዉዬ የደረሰብኝን በደል ሁሉ መንገር እንደምፈልግ ነገርዃቸዉ ነገር ግን ከወሬ የዘለለ ምንም አላየሁም።
የኔ ሂወት በጣም እረጅም አሰቃቂ እና አሰልቺ ቢሆንም ይሄ ለአንባቢዎቼ ትምሕርት እንድታገኙበት በጥቂቱ የተቀነጨበ እዉነተኛ ታሪኬ ነዉ። ሦስት ወር ያለምንም ጥፋት ታሰርኩ ለፍርድ ቤት በቀረብኩ ጊዜ ሌባ እንዳልሆንኩ ምንም ነገር እንዳልሰረኩ ለዳኛዉ አስረዳሁ።ከጊዜያቶች በኋላ ከሰዉየው ጋር ኮንታክት ፈጠርኩ ሰዉየዉም ከእስር እንድፈታና
ወደ ሃገሬ እንድሳፈር ተባበረኝ ።ቲኬትም ቆረጠልኝ የሰራሁበትንም ገንዘብ ሰጠኝ ያን ያህል ጊዜ ሴትዮዋ ገንዘቤን አላከችልኝም ነበር።
አሁን ሀገሬ ከቤተሰቦቼ ጋር ተቀላቅያለዉ ጥሩ ስራ አለኝ ፤ ማዳሜን መቼም ቢሆን ይቅር አልላትም ምን አልባት አንድቀን ለፈጣሪ ክብር ስል በልቤ ይቅር እላት ይሆናል።

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Halima’s Sister Confronts Slaveholder Ibtissam Saade https://thisislebanon.org/general-abuse/ibtisam-saade-wife/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ibtisam-saade-wife https://thisislebanon.org/general-abuse/ibtisam-saade-wife/#comments Mon, 05 Jun 2017 01:24:36 +0000 https://thisislebanon.org/?p=81 Update 14/7/17 Halima’s Sister Confronts Slaveholder Ibtissam Saade Halima has been held as a slave by a family in Lebanon for 10 years. She moved there to work for her children, but once she got to Lebanon, Ali el Khatib and Ibtissam Saade locked her away, preferring to enslave her instead of paying her wages. …

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Update 14/7/17 Halima’s Sister Confronts Slaveholder Ibtissam Saade

Halima has been held as a slave by a family in Lebanon for 10 years. She moved there to work for her children, but once she got to Lebanon, Ali el Khatib and Ibtissam Saade locked her away, preferring to enslave her instead of paying her wages.

She is owed approximately $50,000 and the family refuses to release her or pay due wages. Her children and husband have cried out for her return, but Ali el Khatib and Ibtissam Saade believe they are above the law and untouchable. Join us in speaking against them so they they will stand trial for this crime and pay compensation.


Update 2/7/17 Halima’s Family Plea For Her Release

“We want our Mom to come home. We miss our Mom. We did not see her or talk to her for 10 years. We need and love our Mom. Please send her back home.” Ibtisaam Saade does not want to release her personal slave to the embassy. Probably, she’s afraid she’ll talk. #freeHalima


Update 11/6/17 on Halima, the Alkhatibs’ Slave

We have approached, and been approached, by a number of different news agencies and are awaiting their response. If you know of anyone who might be interested in investigating, please contact us. In the meantime, here is a point by point response to Alaaddein AlKhatib’s comments.

“1- Halima is alive and not a slave, as we treat her as a family’s member, not as the website said, or wink from it.”

If I had $10 for every time an abuser said “we treat her like a family member”, I would be a rich man. She is not a member of your family; she is an employee. She does have a family, and they thought she was dead.

“2- Halima is in contact with her family on a monthly basis, she usually call her father every two months and her sister that works in Saudi Arabia every month.”

The above is from the sister who works in KSA. Translation: She did not call us and she only once sent money to us when she had just arrived in Lebanon. We do not want more problems for Halima and are worried she won’t be sent home. The embassy told us she is going home after Ramadan.” Hmm, so who is lying? Alaaddein or Halima’s sister? And, furthermore, her father has not spoken to her once in the 10 years she has been in Lebanon. Not once.

“3- Halima is a good person that is the reason why my parents asked her to extend the duration of the work contract with us and she accepted that, not as the website mentioned that we misbehaved with her.”

Halima will eventually get to tell everyone all about your behaviour.

“4- All of Halima’s legal papers from the General Security, the Ministry of work, and the insurance card, and even her passport had been renewed from the Philippines embassy, and issued in a right way as it should be.”

Prove it. Post pictures. You have provided many lies with absolutely no evidence.

“5- Halima still works with us in our home for the last 10 years.”

No dispute about that.

“6- We had three weeks schedule meeting that took place yesterday in Raouche area with two embassy’s staff and Halima was with us, and she was the subject of the meeting, not as the website mentioned that we had been under pressure and respond after that.”

Amazing coincidence of timing – that you should meet immediately after the post here. If she works for you as a normal domestic worker who has proper papers and is happy in her work, WHY THE MEETING? It is not normal for two senior embassy staff to go out for lunch with the kafeel of a domestic worker. Something stinks.

“7- Halima got half of her salaries and she saved the anther half for the duration she worked with us, so when she get back to her country will be able to open a small project.”

Do you really expect anyone to believe that? Also, she will open a large project not a small one. 10 years salary plus airline tickets and unpaid annual leave comes to a minimum of US$50,000.

“8- The Philippines embassy staff, asked Halima why she didn’t send her family money, and her respond was, she didn’t want to spend on her husband that he got married during this period.”

He has not remarried as attested by her siblings, children and husband.

9- Halima and my mom had agreed three months ago that she will travel back to her country in August this year.

Because you needed your slave for Ramadan. One can only wonder what would’ve happened to Halima if this story hadn’t been posted here.

10- To show that we are transparent, we shared the embassy meetings’ pictures with a journalist asked about Halima via phone, to appear later that she works for the website that start attacking us yesterday.

The embassy sent the picture to her family in the Philippines to confirm that she was alive. If you would like to refute this, please name the journalist.

11- We had done nothing break the law or the humanity rules, we always stand for the rights and the laws of every human.

Oh please. Stop already. We have confidence that the Lebanese government is just and you will do prison time for your abuse of Halima.

الجديد عن حليمة عبدة ال الخطيب
بتاريخ:11/حزيران /2017
لقد تعرضت لنا مجموعة من وكالات الاخبار المختلفة ونحن ننتظر ردهم.
اذا كنت تعرف اي فرد او مجموعة مهتمة او تقوم بالتحقيق الرجاء التواصل معنا.
في الوقت الحالي هذا هو ردنا نقطة تلو الاخرى على نقاط ال علاء الدين.
1- حليمة على قيد الحياة وهي ليست عبدة، ونحن نعاملها وكانها احد افراد العائلة بعكس ما قال الموقع.

“لو كنت لاحصل على عشر دولارات مقابل كل مرة يقول بها المسيء انه يعامل خدامه على انهم فرد من العائلة فكنت لاكون ثريا الان. هي ليست فرد من عائلتك هي فقط تعمل لديك.
هي لديها عائلة ، وهم اعتقدو انها متوفية.”

2-حليمة على تواصل مع عائلتها بشكل شهري، هي عادتا ما تتصل بوالدها كل شهرين وباختها التي تعمل في السعودية كل شهر

“نقلا عن شقيقتها(ليست اختها) التي تعمل في السعودية: هي لم تتصل بنا وقد ارسلت المال مرة واحدة فقط عند قدومها توا الى لبنان.
نحن لا نريد المزيد من المشاكل لحليمة ونخشى ان لا تعود الى وطنها.
السفارة قالت انها ستعود بعد شهر رمضان .
همم، فمن يكذب اذا ، شقيقة حليمة ام علاء الدين؟
وابعد من ذلك ، والد حليمة لم يتكلم معها طوال العشر سنوات ولا حتى مرة واحدة.”

3-حليمة شخص جيد ولهذا السبب طلبنا منها ان تطيل مدة عملها معنا و هي وافقت على ذلك، بعكس ما قال الموقع اننا ظلمناها.
“سياتي يوم تخبر فيه حليمة عن تصرفاتكم “

4-كل اوراق حليمة القانونية من الامن العام و وزارة العمل و بطاقة الضمان(insurance) وحتى جواز سفرها تم تجديدهم من السفارة الفيليبينية و هي مكتملة ومرتبة بالشكل المناسب.

“برهنو ذلك و اعرضو صورا”

5-حليمة لا زالت تعمل لدينا منذ 10 سنوات
“لا شك في ذلك”
6-كان لدينا ثلاث اسابيع لتحديد موعد وقد حصل ذلك البارحة في الروشة مع مندوبين من السفارة وقد كان الاجتماع بحضور حليمة ويدور حول قصتها، بعكس ما قال الموقع اننا كنا تحت الضغط وردينا بعد ذلك.

“يا لها من صدفة جميلة بالتوقيت انكم ستتلاقون تماما بعد عرضنا للقصة على الموقع، اذا كانت تعمل لديكم كعاملة منزل عادية وتملك اوراق قانونية وهي سعيدة بعملها، لما الاجتماع اذا؟
ليس من الطبيعيانا يخرج اثنين من اعضاء السفارة للغداء مع كفيل لعاملة واحدة .
شيء مقرف.
7-حليمة حصلت على نصف راتبها و قد ادخرت النصف الاخرلطوال المدة التي عملت بها معنا، فعندما تعود الى بلدها ستتمكن من انشاء مشروع صغير
“هل حقا تتوقعون من احد تصديق ذلك؟ ايضا بمبلغ كهذا هناك هي تستطيع ان تفتح مشروعا كبيرا.
10 اعوام بنصف راتب شهريا و ثمن تذكرة الطائرة ودفعات سنوية اخرى غير مدفوعة تصل الى خمسين الف دولار كحد ادنى.

8- سال طاقم السفارة حليمة لما لم ترسل المال الى عائلتها، وقالت انها لا تريد الانفاق على زوجها الذي تزوج عليها خلال هذه الفترة.
“هو لم يتزوج”

9-اتفق كل من حليمة وامي على ان حليمة ستعود الى بلدها في شهر اب من هذا العام.

“هذا لانكم تريدون عبدكم في شهر رمضان.
يا ترى ماذا كان ليحصل مع حليمة لولا تم عرض قصتها هنا.
10- لنظهر نزاهتنا، قد نشرنا صور اللقاء مع افراد طاقم السفارة ، مع صحافية كانت قد سالت عن حليمة باتصال هاتفي، وقد تبين انها تعمل لصالح الموقع الذي هاجمنل البارحة.
“السفارة ارسلت الصور الى عائلتها في الفيليبين لتؤكد لهم انها على قيد الحياة،
اذا اردتم نقد ذلك الرجاء اعطونا اسم الصحافية.
11-لم نفعل شيئا مخالفا للقانون او الانسانية، نحن دائما ما نقف مع الحق لكل انسان.

كفى استخفافا بعقولنا، ونحن نؤمن بان الدولة اللبنانية عادلة و ستعاقبكم بالسجن لانكم ظلمتم حليمة .


Update 6/6/17 Halima Is Alive 

Halima is alive and has, indeed, been a slave for the family for 10 years. Fortunately, the Philippines embassy have now direct contact with the employers, who have finally responded due to all the pressure, and agreed to this meeting with embassy staff yesterday in Raouche. Eventually, we hope to have the full story from Halima.

Let’s hope these embassy efforts lead to her going back home to her family after a decade of silence, with the approx US$40,000 owed to her. Will there finally be justice for Halima and punishment for her slavers? Thank you to Halima’s family for sharing the pics with This Is Lebanon.

الخبرية الجديدة حليمة موجودة على قيد الحياة كانت عبدة لمدة عشرة سنين عند هذه العاءلة وماتزل  ولحسن الحظ السفارة الفلبينية صار هناك تواصل بينهم وبين الكفيل

من كثرة الضغط عليهم وافقوا على اجتماع  مع الموظفين الموجودين في السفارة مبارح على الروشة بالنهاية نتمنى معرفة قصة حليمة  لاننا لانعلم قصتها الحقيقية نتمنى من جهود السفارة ان تكون النتيجة جيدة من اجل وصول حليمة الى عيلتها وذلك بعد عشر سنوات صمت وراتب العشرة سنين والمبلغ هو٤٠الف دولار

والسؤال هو اهنالك عدالة في قصة حليمة وقصاص للأشخاص الذين استعبدوها ونحنا نشكر عيلة  حليمة لانها بعثت الصور الى موقعنا.


Original Post: Ali el Khatib and Ibtissam Saade, Where Is My Wife?

My name is Ginaid Kasem and I’m from Cotabato, Philippines. I need your help, please.

My wife, Halima Ubpah, born 16 Jan 1979, left for Lebanon on 12 August 2007 to work as a housemaid for Mr. Ali Khatib and Mrs Ibtissam Saade. We have three daughters now aged 17, 15 and 12 who miss their mother with their whole heart. Our youngest daughter, Soraida, doesn’t even know her mother because she was only two when Halima left.

We received one phone call on 22 August 2007 and then…nothing. Many, many people from inside and outside the Philippines tried to call her over the last 10 years but Mrs. Saade always said “she’s not here”, “she’s out of town” – endless excuses.

We don’t know if she’s dead or alive. The only remittance she ever sent was $100 in 2007. The number of the family is 009611808856. They live in Ramlet el Bayda. We have been told that Mrs. Saade is running for parliament and has something to do with women’s affairs, and her husband is from a well-known family. Please, can someone tell us if our precious wife and mother is still alive in Lebanon??

These are pictures of the building in Ramlet el Bayda where Halima is believed to be kept (click to download).

اسمي جنيد قاسم ، انا من من منطقة اسمها “كوتا باتو” في الفيليبين.
احتاج الى مساعدتكم ، زوجتي “حليمة اوباه” مواليد ال 16/1 عام 1979 ذهبت الى لبنان للعمل كعاملة منزل بتاريخ 12 آب عام 2007 في منزل السيد علي الخطيب والسيدة ابتسام السعدي.
لدينا ثلاث فتيات عمرهم 12 و 15 و 17 ويشتاقون لوالدتهم بشدة.
الفتاة الاصغر وتدعى سريدة لا تعرف امها ، فقد كان عمرها سنتين فقط عندما ذهبت حليمة.
بتاريخ 22/8/2007 تلقينا اتصال من زوجتي، ولم نعرف عنها شيئا بعد ذلك .
خلال ال عشر سنوات الماضية عدة اشخاص من داخل وخارج الفيليبين حاولو الاتصال بها ولكن السيدة سعدي كانت دائما تجيب بانها غير موجودة، او انها خارج البلدة ، واعذار اخرى كثيرة.
نحن لا نعرف اذا كانت على قيد الحياة او لا.
المبلغ الوحيد الذي ارسلته لنا كان 100$ مئة دولار اميريكي عام 2007 .
رقم الهاتف للعائلة اللبنانية هو “009611808856” وهم يعيشون في مدينة تسمى “الرملة البيضاء”.
لقد سمعنا ان السيدة سعدي ناشطة لحقوق المراة ومرشحة للبرلمان ، كما ان زوجها من عائلة معروفة جدا.
ارجوكم اخبرونا اذا كانت زوجتي وام اولادي على قيد الحياة

कृपया मलाई तपाईको सहयोग चाहिएको छ
मेरो नाम जिन्एड कसेम हो र म फिलिपिन्सको कोटावातुबाट हो । मेरो श्रीमती हालिमा उफामा सन् १९७९ जनवरी १६ मा जन्मिएकी हुन् । उनी सन् २००७ अगष्ट १२ मा घरेलु कामदारका रुपमा काम गर्न लेबनान पुगिन । उनी मिस्टर अलिकतिब र श्रीमती इतिहास सादेकाको घरमा काम गर्न गएकी हुन् । हाम्रो ३ छोरीहरु छन्, एउटा १७ वर्ष, अर्को १५ र कान्छि १२ वर्षकी छिन् । उनीहरुले आमाको मायाबाट टाढा रहनु पर्यो । हाम्रो कान्छि छोरी सोरिदाले त आफ्नी आमालाई पनि चिन्दीनन् किनभने उनलाई हालिमाले छोड्दा दुई वर्षकी मात्र थिइन ।
हामीबीच सन् २००७ को अगष्ट २२ सम्म फोनमा कुराकानी भएको थियो । त्यसपछि सम्पर्क हुन नसकेको १० वर्ष भयो । उनले सन् २००७ मा १०० डलर पढाएको बाहेक कुनै रकम पनि प्राप्त गर्न सकिएको छैन । यसबीच फिलिपिन्सबाट र बाहिरी देशबाट पनि धेरै जनाले फोन सम्पर्क गरेर हालिमा बारे बुझ्न खोज्दा मालिक्नी सादेले ‘उ यहाँ नभएको’ ‘त्यो ठाउँ भन्दा बाहिर रहेको’ भन्ने जवाफ दिने गर्दछिन् । मेरी श्रीमती हालिमा जिउँदै छिन् की मरिन हामीले कुनै जानकारी प्राप्त गर्न सकेका छैनौ । हालिमा काम गर्ने घरको नम्बर ००९६११८०८८५६ हो । उनीहरु अहिले राम्लेट इल बैदा भन्ने ठाउँमा बस्छन् । घर मालिक्नी श्रीमती सादे संसदको निर्वाचनमा सामेल हुने क्रममा छन् र बताइअनुसार उनी महिला मामिलासँग आबद्ध छिन् । उनका श्रीमान पनि उच्च परिवारका व्यक्ति हुन् । हामीलाई जानकारी दिइयोस् मेरी श्रीमती, ३ छोरीकी आमा हालिमा लेबनानमा अझै जिवीत छन् ?

ሀሊማ
እባካችሁ ባለቤቴንና የሦስት ልጆቼን እናት አፋልጉኝ
(አለ ኢል ካቲብ እና ኢብቲሳም ሳዲ)የአሰሪዎቿ ስም ነዉ
ስሜ ጃኔይድ ካስም እባላለዉ ፊሊፒን ኮቶባቶ ከሚባል አካባቢ ነዉ የእናንተን እርዳታ እፈልጋለዉ እባካችሁ ተባበሩኝ፦16 January 1979
የባለቤቴ ስም ሀሊማ አፓ ትባላለች ወደ ሊባኖን የሄደችዉ 12 August 2007 በሊባኖን በቤት ሰራተኝነት ተቀጥራ ትሰራ ነበር።አሰሪዎቿ ሦስት ልጆች አሏቸዉ ዕድሜያቸዉ 17, 15,
እና 12 ልጆቹም ሁልጊዜ እናታቸዉን ይጠይቁኛል ያለቅሳሉ ይናፍቃሉ ትንሿ ልጃችን ሱራይዳ እናቷን አታውቅም እናቷ ወደ ሊባኖን የሄደችዉ ገና የሁለት ዓመት ህፃን ሆና ነው።ሀሊማ አንድ ቀን ብቻ 22 August 2007 ከሊባኖን ደወለች ከዛ በኋላ ደዉላ አታዉቅም የምትሰራበት ቤት ስልክ አዉቀዉ ስለነበር ደጋግሜ ደወልኩ ስራ ላይ ናት ተባልኩ በተደጋጋሚ በሌላ ሰዎች ቢሞከርም ሴትየዋ አንዴ ስራ ላይ ናት አንዴ እቤት የለችም በሚል ምክንያት ልታገናኘን አልቻለችም አስር አመት ሙሉ ፦
ሀሊማ ምን እንዳጋጠማት አላውቅም በህይወት አለች ወይስ ሞተች ባለቤቴ ሀሊማ ከአስር አመት በፊት መቶ ዶላር ብቻ ልካለች ።የአሰሪዎቿ መኖሪያ ቤት ረምለል በይዳ(01-808 856) የመኖሪያ ቤታቸዉ ስልክ ቁጥር ነዉ።ሴትየዋ ፓርላማ እና የሴቶች ጉዳይ ዉስጥ ሲሆን የምትሰራዉ ሰዉየዉ ደግሞ ታዋቂና ባለሃብት ነዉ ።እባካችሁ የልጆቼን እናት አፋልጉኝ
ሁልጊዜም እናፍቃታለሁ ተስፋአልቆርጥም ሁሌም ከልቤ ጠፍታ አታውቅም አለች ወይስ የለችም እባካችሁ አሳዉቁኝ።

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Name: Ali el Khatib and Ibtissam Saade
Residence: Ramlet el Bayda
Phone Number: 00961-1-808856
Occupation: Possibly in government/women’s affairs?
If you have any other information about this person or story, please contact us at contact@thisislebanon.org or go to thisislebanon.org/contact-us/.

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Joe Semaan Taken Into Custody https://thisislebanon.org/general-abuse/joe-semaan-taken-custody/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=joe-semaan-taken-custody https://thisislebanon.org/general-abuse/joe-semaan-taken-custody/#comments Sat, 03 Jun 2017 14:17:14 +0000 https://thisislebanon.org/?p=120/ “We have heard, with a great deal of relief, that Joe Semaan has been taken into custody for investigation. Thank you to the brave women who came forward to report the abuse. It’s unlikely, given the infinite constraints of the sponsorship system on domestic workers and the treatment they usually receive at police stations, that …

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“We have heard, with a great deal of relief, that Joe Semaan has been taken into custody for investigation. Thank you to the brave women who came forward to report the abuse. It’s unlikely, given the infinite constraints of the sponsorship system on domestic workers and the treatment they usually receive at police stations, that any of the survivors (mostly all workers with papers confiscated by ex employers) will lodge an official complaint, but at least Joe will not offend again and this story will serve as a warning to others. We hope for a serious investigation.

لقد سمعنا ، بكل فرح ان السيد “جو سمعان” هو رهن الاعتقال بهدف التحقيق معه.
شكرا جزيلا للسيدات الشجاعات اللواتي بادرن بالتبليغ عن كل التجاوزات والاستغلال.
انه من الغير المتوقع بوجود كل تلك المعوقات بنظام الكفالة على العاملات المنزليات، والمعاملة السيئة التي يحصلون عليها في اقسام الشرطة ان تقوم اي من “الناجيات”( عادتا كل العاملات مع اوراق تم مصادرتها من ارباب عمل سابقين)ان تقدكم شكوى رسمية.
ولكن على الاقل جو لن يعتدي على احد بعد الان ، وستكون هذة القصة بمثابة تحذير للاخرين .
نحن نتمنى حصول تحقيق جدي وفعال.

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I would like to share about a Lebanese man that is pretending to be a policeman and catching foreigners like Filipinos, Ethiopians, Sri Lankans and Bangladeshi, especially those who don’t have documents. He has a white colored jeep but I don’t have the plate number. His name is Joe Semaan and you can find him on Facebook.

This is what happened to me. I was going home from work and was at Makallis Roundabout near to May Supermarket. A jeep stopped and the driver asked me for my residency permit. Unfortunately, I don’t have one so he forced me to get in his car and because I was afraid of him, I got in.

He asked me what was in my bag and I told him nothing. He asked me if I had alcohol or drugs and he checked inside. My bag is small and I had a little wallet inside which had $200 in it. He asked me angrily where I had got the money from and I told him it was from my salary. He asked me where I worked and who my sponsor was. He said he’d take me to my sponsor’s place so he could talk to him so I said ok, but when he was driving I noticed that he was going the wrong way (we were on the road to Monsourieh). I told him he was going in the wrong direction and that we were near my work place.

He told me he’d decided to take me to the police station. I begged him not to take me to the police as I needed to work to support my children in the Filippines. He told me it was my lucky day but I needed to do him a favour. I asked him what it was and he told me, “You are the one who knows what I want.” I told him I didn’t know what he wanted and he told me I had to sleep with him. I said, “Aren’t you afraid I might have HIV?” and he said he had a condom. I begged him for mercy and he said, “If you don’t want to sleep with me, give me a blow job”; I told him I’d rather go to the police station.

He drove me far above Monsourieh to where there were no houses. I told him I wouldn’t sleep with him and he should take me to the police. I asked him if I could call my boyfriend to tell him that I’d been caught and was being taken to the police but he wouldn’t let me call. Thank God, he let me go and dropped me at Abu Khalil Supermarket near Makallis. Before he dropped me off, he told me, “Next time I see you, you must get in my car quickly without me even talking to you.” I asked him his name and he told me it was Elie Haddad.

As soon as I got out, I ran home. When I got home I checked my wallet and found the $200 had gone. I cried a lot. He told me before he let me go that I would never forget this day. I told my friend what had happened and my friend said, “I know that man. I was also picked up by him in Bikfaya. I saw him on Facebook under the name of Joe Semaan. That was 3 years ago. He does it all the time.”

When I searched for him on Facebook, I found him. His profile pic was of the same man that picked me up. He works for an insurance company and lives in Antelias. When I saw him on Facebook, I saved his picture and created a group on Facebook to warn other Filipinos about him. Within an hour many, many people responded to the post saying that they also were victims. Not only Filipinos but also Ethiopians said they’d been picked up by him. We are asking for help from different organisations so that his man will be stopped. I am scared to testify but all his victims should unite and testify against him.

أريد أن اخبركم عن رجل لبناني يتظاهر بأنه شرطي ويقوم بالقبض على عاملات الاجنبيات (من الفيليبين وسري لانكا وبنغلادش)، ولا سيما أولئك الذين ليس بحوذتهم بطاقات اقامة صالحة. لدى هذا الرجل جيب أبيض اللون ولكن ليس لدي رقم لوحة هذا الجيب. اسمه جو سمعان ويمكنكم العثور عليه عبر الفيسبوك.هذا ما حدث معي: كنت ذاهبة من بيتي الى العمل، وقمت بالمرور في دوار المكلس بالقرب من سوبر ماركت ماي. هناك، توقفت سيارة جيب وسألني السائق عن اوراق إقامتي. لسوء الحظ، ليس لدي بطاقة اقامة فأجبرني على دخول سيارته. كنت خائفة منه، فصعدت الى السيارة.

سألني عن ما لدي في حقيبتي. قلت له “لا شيئ”. سألني إذا كان لي الكحول أو المخدرات وقام بفتح حقيبتي وفحص داخلها. حقيبتي صغيرة وكان بداخلها محفظة فيها 200 $. سألني بغضب من اين حصلت على المال فقلت له انه من راتبي. سألني اين اعمل ومن كفيلي. قال إنه سيأخذني إلى بيت الكفيل ليتمكن من التحدث معه. قلت له حسنا واخبرته عن العنوان. ولكن عندما كان يقود السيارة لاحظت أنه كان يسير على الطريق الخطأ (كنا على طريق المونصورية). قلت له إنه يسير في الاتجاه الخاطئ وإننا نبتعد عن مكان عملي.

أخبرني أنه قرر أن يأخذني إلى مركز الشرطة. توسلت إليه ألا يأخذني إلى الشرطة لأنني بحاجة إلى العمل لدعم أبنائي في الفلبين. قال لي انه سيكون مسامحاً معي اذا قمت بخدمة له. سألته عن ما يريد، فقال لي: “أنتي الشخص الذي يعرف ما أريد”. قلت له أنني لا أعرف ما يريد فقال لي أنني مضطرة ان انام معه. قلت له: “ألا تخاف من ان تصاب بمرض السيدا؟” فقال إنه يحمل واقي ذكري. طلبت منه الرحمة فقال: “إذا كنتي لا تريدين أن تنامي معي، مارسي الجنس الفموي معي”. قلت له إنني أفضل الذهاب إلى مركز الشرطة.

قادني إلى منطقة أبعد من المنصوريه ولم يكن هنالك منازل في تلك المنطقة. قلت له إنني لن أنام معه، وينبغي أن يأخذني إلى مركز الشرطة. سألته إذا كان بإمكانني الاتصال بصديقتي لأخبرها بأنني قد ألقي القبض علي وسيتم أخذي إلى مركز الشرطة، لكنه لم يسمح لي بالاتصال. اشكر الله لانه سمح لي أن أذهب بعد ذلك وتركني في سوبر ماركت أبو خليل بالقرب من المكلس. قبل أن يتركني، قال لي: “في المرة القادمة التي أراك فيها، يجب أن تدخلي سيارتي بسرعة من دون ان اقول لكي شيئاً”. سألته عن اسمه، فقال لي انه “إيلي حداد”.

بعد ان خرجت من سيارته، ركضت إلى البيت. عندما وصلت إلى المنزل، قمت بتفقد محفظتي ولم اجد مبلغ ال200$ هنالك. بكيت كثيرا. قال لي قبل أن يسمح لي بالذهاب أنني لن أنسى هذا اليوم.قلت لصديقتي ما حدث، فقالت لي: “أنا أعرف هذا الرجل. لقد قام بالقبض علي مرة في بكفيا. رأيت له صوراً على الفيسبوك تحت اسم جو سمعان. كان ذلك قبل 3 سنوات. بعده يفعل ذلك طول الوقت.”

عندما قمت بالبحث عنه على فيسبوك، وجدته. رأيت في صورة حسابه على فيسبوك نفس الشخص الذي قبض علي. انه يعمل في شركة تأمين ويعيش في منطقة انطلياس. عندما رأيته على فيسبوك، قررت ان انسخ صورته وأفتح مجموعة على فيسبوك لأحذر عاملات اخريات من الفيليبين عنه. وفي غضون ساعة واحدة، استجابت الكثير من النساء لما كتبته وقالوا انهم كانوا ضحايا أيضا. قالوا انه لا يفعل ذلك مع الفلبينيين فقط، بل قد تم رؤيته يقبض على بعض الاثيوبيات.

نحن نطلب مساعدة اي منظمة او جمعية لايقاف هذا الرجل. أنا خائفة ان ادلي بشهادتي ضده، لكن جميع ضحاياه يجب عليهن أن يتحدوا ويشهدوا ضده.

Bio

Name: Joe Semaan
Workplace: FCR Insurance Group s.a.r.l
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joe.semaan.77 (deleted since this has been posted)
Residence: Antelias
If you have any other information about this person, please contact us at contact@thisislebanon.org or go to thisislebanon.org/contact-us/.

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May gusto akong ishare tungkol sa isang lalaking lebanese na nagpapanggap na pulis at kunwari nanghuhuli ng mga foreigner na katulad natin(filipina,ethiopia,sri lanka o bangladesh) lalo na sa mga walang papel.Ang sasakyan niya ay jeep na kulay puti pero di ko nakuha plate number niya. Ang pangalan niya ay Joe Semaan,you can search him on facebook.

Ito ang karanasan ko. Pauwi ako from work going to bahay ko,andito na ko sa rond point mkalles malapit sa supurmarket,may huminto na sasakyan nag ask siya ng iqama ko unfortunately wala akong iqama,pinilit niya akong sumakay,sa takot ko sumakay ako.take note:mag isa lang siya minsan daw kasama ang asawa niya na humuhuli. Pag sakay ko nag asj siya sa kin kung ano laman ng bag ko,ask niya if may alak or may drugs sa bag ko,sabi ko wala. chineck niya bag ko.sa loob ng bag ko may maliit na wallet at mayron akong nakaipit na $200 at dun ceck nia. ask nia saan galing ang pera sagot ko natira sa sahod ko.ask nia ako saan ako nagwowork at sino daw sponsor ko. so sinabi ko.puntahan daw namin yong amo ko at makausap.nagdrive sya ng nagdrive at napansin ko ang way nami na paunta na ng mansourieh. sabi ko hindi rito ang work ko, malapit dun kung saan mo ko pinick up. punta daw kami ng police station. nagmakaawa ako pls huwag naman at gusto ko pang magtrabaho at may mga anak ako sa pilipinas. sabi nia its ur lucky day but u have to do me a favor. ano yon sabi ko. sabi nia ako daw nakakaalam kung anong kelangan nia sa akin. makikisiping daw ako sa kanya at sinagot ko hindi ka ba natatakot na baka may sakit ako? sabi nia may condom naman daw sia.

sabi ko ayoko,parang awa mo na! so sabi nia iblow job ko na lang daw sia. sabi ko mas mabuti pang dalhin mo na lang ako sa police station at uuwi na lang ako sa bansa ko.

dinala nia ako sa taas taas ng mansourieh ung halos walang kabahaybahay sa lugar na yon at pinagpipilitan kong dalhin na lang ako sa pulis. nag ask ako na kung pwedeng tatawag para malaman ng boyfren ko na nahuli ako pero di sia pumayag.

sa awa ng dios pinalaya nia ako sobrang takot ko.ibinaba ako sa abou khalil dito sa mkalles.bago ako bumaba sabi nia sa kin next time daw na makita ko sia sakay daw agad ako at no need na niang sabihin pa.tanong ko ano name nia ELIE HADAD daw. so nung binaba na ko nagtatatakbo na ako pauwi.pagdating ko tiningnan ko agad wallet ko ko wala na ang @200 ko ang iyak ko natandaan ko pa ang sabi nian from this day u will not forget me.

Nagkwento ako sa friend ko kaagad tapos sabi ng fren ko parang kilala ko yan dati rin nia ako hinuli sa may Bikfaya.sabi nia search mo sa fb JOE SEMAAN. Nung time na hinuli ako at sinabi ko sa fren ko fron 3 years ago ung incident na nangyari sa kanya.so dati na palang gawain. search ko sa fb at nakita ko nga ang picture nia.sia yong humuli sa kin! name nia JOE SEMAAN work nia insurance company nakatira sa antelies.pagkakita ko sa kanya sa fb sinave ko mga post niang pictures at inshare ko sa fb wala pang isang oras ang dami ng nagreact at nagshare at pati pala sila aay naging biktima din ng lalaking ito. hindi lang pinay pati ethiopians at iba pang lahi.

Nagpapatulong na rin kami sa ibang mga organisasyon para mahuli sia at kailangan ang mga ibang victims sa testimonio nila para maprocess ang complaints against him pero takot ang iba na tumistigo.kung sino man po tumulong po kayo magtestify para mahuli na siya.

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