File - Children play at a nursery. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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A Sudanese toddler was rejected from a nursery in Zouk Mikael after parents threatened to remove their children from the daycare facility if "a black kid" was enrolled, prompting an intervention Monday by the Health Ministry.Kijjo, who works in cleaning services in Lebanon, said he was looking to check his son into a nursery as both he and his wife work during the day. When he reached an agreement to enroll Rizk for $150 at a nursery close to home, the family was delighted. When contacted by The Daily Star, a Health Ministry source would not reveal the name of the nursery, but said the nursery had acted on the complaints of parents.The source said that the Health Ministry had tasked the Social Affairs Ministry with following up on the issue with the parents who had objected, and to conduct racism awareness sessions.
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