Lebanon News

Ethiopian maid leaps to her death in south Lebanon

File photo of Lebanese Red Cross Ambulance.

BEIRUT: An Ethiopian maid was killed Monday after jumping off the balcony of her employer's house in south Lebanon in an apparent suicide, media reports said.

A graphic image showing the picture of the young woman was circulated on social media in the aftermath of the alleged suicide in the southern village of Zrarieh.

The circumstances of the maid’s death were vague. Future TV said woman was 20 years old, and that she jumped from the second floor of the building.

Numerous local and international organizations have established projects to try to protect migrant workers in Lebanon who face widespread abuse lack basic rights, according to human rights organizations.

The incident came two weeks after a migrant domestic worker was found hanged, and another jumped off the balcony of her employer's home in Beirut but survived.

A week before that, another maid leapt to her death in southern Lebanon.

The incident comes less than a week after a maid leapt to her death in south Lebanon.

About 200,000 foreign domestic workers work in Lebanon under the much-criticized sponsorship system, which bounds the maid to the employer.

Human Rights Watch and other organizations have called on Lebanese authorities to address the "high levels of abuse and deaths" of maids in the country.

HRW in 2008 recorded an average of one maid death a week in Lebanon by unnatural causes, including suicides.

 

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