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Since arriving in Lebanon, Sudanese migrant worker Abdullah Afandi has been turned away from beach resorts, mistaken for a cleaner and prevented from renting an apartment – all because of the color of his skin. Now he is hoping to challenge the "racism and prejudice" he says he has encountered by taking part in Lebanon's first radio show to be hosted and produced by migrants from several countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, the Philippines and others.The aim is to give Lebanese people a greater understanding about where migrants come from to create the tolerance and respect that local migrant rights groups say is lacking.Migrant workers in Lebanon and much of the Middle East work under the kafala sponsorship system, which legally binds them to a single employer.Tarikwa Bekele, a 33-year-old domestic worker, is working on one episode with fellow Ethiopians, who make up the biggest migrant group in Lebanon at more than 100,000 people.
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