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Standing by the roundabout in the bustling suburb of Dora, Rahina said she'll spend Christmas alone this year.A 20 year-old domestic migrant worker from Ethiopia, the holiday season is sure to bring her little more than the same troubles she's endured since arriving to Lebanon.Thomas, a 30-year-old man also from Ethiopia, said that though he'll be with his wife and children for Christmas, he has little money to afford any gifts for his closest friends or family.Thomas for one says that his family will attend a church service on Dec. 25 before attending another one to celebrate the Eastern Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7 .Still, thousands of women like Rahina are denied the same right. Many are even prohibited from taking a day off each week, consequently enclosing them in their employer's household. As Christmas trees are erected outside shops and homes all across Beirut, guest workers continue to endure appalling working conditions while yearning to return home to visit their families – a freedom that few will realize as long as their labour is exploited under a system that benefits from global inequality.Despite it all, many simply wish to spend Christmas day alone rather than work in the very household that they've come to resent.
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