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Jealous Patricia Galbankian Makes False Theft Accusation

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።

About Dipendra Uprety

Dipendra Uprety was born in Nepal in 1980. In 1998, aged 18, he moved to Lebanon where he was employed in the hospitality industry. While in Lebanon he met and married Priya, a domestic worker, also from Nepal. Together, they were involved in voluntarily assisting the Nepalese community by visiting ill-treated and battered domestic workers in the hospitals and prisons.

Because of Dipendra’s work, he was made a representative of the Nepali Consulate. His wife continued activism and volunteered with the consulate. In 2012, they emigrated to Canada where they have continued to be active in fighting for human rights and justice for migrant domestic workers.

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  1. My name is Rose Rarimi, I’m from kenya, I came to Lebanon on 16/4/2014.as a house helper ,when I reached Beirut airport, a lady and a gent came for me,and on our way to the lady’s house they asked me if the agent informed me the kind of work I’ll be doing and I replied that they said it’s house keeping job..they looked at each other and talked in Arabic and I didn’t understood what they said,later they told me that I’m going to take care of 13 year old boy with autism. The boy couldn’t do anything on his own,I became his pillow, I’ll go with him everywhere, school,toilet ,I mean I couldn’t leave his side,when he sleeps I do the house work and even cleaning two dogs,under 200$ only and I bought my stuffs with the money ,madam didn’t buy anything for me,back home I’ve two children who’s father died one month before I come to Lebanon. .every time I complain to madam of my salary she’ll tell me she can’t increase it,..this boy by the name Christian had autism and at times he’ll bite me and pull my hair ,,he’ll beat me and all his mother could say is “he don’t know what he’s doing”this went on untill one year five months when I had enough of being abused and the salary was little comparing the work and buying everything including my lunch when I take this boy to school ..I told my madam I want to go back to the office since I didn’t had enough money to go back to my country, when she took me there I told my agent I want her to increase my salary and I’ll terminate my contract, she agreed and we went back to get house in brummana, when we arrived she told me for the remaining period she’ll take all my belongs including my Mobil phone and all I had including my inner wears which she said only madams are to wear (gstrings)she said I’m just a maid and she went further and cut off my hair saying that I’m a maid not a model,I told her to take me back to the agent because this isn’t what we agreed on,she said she’s not my driver and I’ll stay with her the remaining six months..she tried to heat me with a hot iron and her boyfriend defended me for she had no husband she was divorced..and the boyfriend tried to calm her down with no success and I got a chance to escape in the kitchen and I run for my safety. .I got good Samaritan who gave me a place to live and I got a job where I takes care of old lady. .she denied my papers and she said if policemen arrests me I’ll be jailed for she’ll tell them a lie which I’ll not be able to save my self from..I’m so much afraid I don’t know how I’ll get my papers clean,and go home to my family..all in all I leave all to God..

    • So sorry to hear that, Rose. Make sure you get a picture of the place where you worked. When you get back to Kenya you can resend us the story with the full name and telephone number of this madam.

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