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The Mighty Cesar Gebara is a Violent Man

Frenslyn Villarin testimony

I entered their house on 12 June, 2017. At first, they pretended to be good employers, giving me what I needed, no shouting, saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and ‘wow, Lyn, we like you’. They treated me like a human for a total of one month. After that, the ‘f*** you’ and ‘habla’ (idiot) and other Arabic words that back then I didn’t understand started. When the verbal abuse began, I asked them for my freedom and requested they return me to the agency. The next day, the family driver (they are connected to the government and have a driver supplied by the police) took me to the agency office after Cesar told me, “If you want to go back to the office, you have to pay $5000 or I will send you to prison. I am powerful here in Lebanon because my father is the president here.” The day I went to the office, I was so excited because I thought, ‘YES, I am free.’ When I arrived there with the police driver behind me, the agent, Bob, asked me why I wanted to change employers and whether they weren’t treating me well. The driver was listening and sending messages to my employer to tell him what I was saying. At that time, I made a bad decision out of fear and said, “No, they are good, but I can’t handle the children.” Bob told me my problem was simple and I should allow time for the children to like me. As I turned to go I saw the driver calling and saying, “Madam, ma fi mishkale (there is no problem).” When I got back to the house, the Gebaras said, “See. We told you if you leave, you have to pay us.” At that time my husband was unemployed and my daughter had just been diagnosed with enlarged lymph nodes in her neck. I started to accept the reality that maybe this was God’s will for me. I had two workmates, a Sri Lankan woman called Tala and another Filipino called Janice. I saw how they suffered. They hit and punched them. Poor Tala became so thin and sick and one day fell down in ABC Mall because she had no energy. I personally suffered inhumane abuse in their house between 12 June, 2017 and 5 March, 2019. On 2 March, 2019 I was very tired and I worked up the courage to tell them that I wanted to go home because I was the only worker at that time. There was a Lebanese woman doing the ironing but I was in sole charge of the 4 kids and had no proper time to sleep and worked hard all day. I felt very tired and weak and sometimes felt like I was going to fall from dizziness. When I told them I wanted to leave, they immediately called for the driver to take me to their house in Jdeideh next to Pharmacie Nancy owned by my madam. I stayed there for 3 days. The first day, they called my agency and got Jake, a Filipino who works at the agency, to tell me that I could not  go home and had to finish my contract. I told Jake that previous workers had gone home to our country without their salary or personal possessions and that even if I finished my contract I thought they’d do the same to me. Jake agreed to talk to Bob and try to help me to leave. I told him that they were animals and when he went they would hit me like they did the other workers and maybe kill me and I begged him to take me to the office but he didn’t believe me and left. Two hours later, Cesar and the Lebanese helper, Meray came in. Cesar told me I had no right to say I was tired and wanted to go home and said I had to stay because the children loved me. I told him I was very tired and my body could no longer handle it. He was quiet and told Meray to go to the salon and check on some things there. When she left, he forcefully put his feet on my head and said in a low voice, “You are a big sharmouta” (whore). I started to cry and said, “Why are you hitting me?” Then Meray came in and said, “Lyn, he is not hitting you. I am here with him.” He was very sneaky. They left. On the second day, Cesar came alone and told me I had to make a deal with him or he would get me sent to prison for life and I would not see my daughter or husband again. He said I couldn’t go because his children were attached to me. I repeated that I needed to leave and once again he kicked me on my head and legs. He said, “Tomorrow I will come back. If you don’t return, you will see what will happen. Maybe the police will come and put you in prison.” The third day came and I was shaking. Cesar came alone again; he walked in singing like the devil. He said, “Stupid sharmouta, if you won’t stay, I will kill you tonight and throw you somewhere and  no one will know.” He kicked me again in my head and on my legs. I was crying and he said, “Oh, you have a nice voice even when you’re crying. Mark my words, I will kill you tonight.” And he left. After he left, I prayed, “God, if I die tonight, please take care of my daughter and husband and my family as well. If I die, I know I will be with you.” Then I stood up because I wanted to use the toilet. When I turned my head, I saw a picture of the Virgin Mary in the house next door. This gave me hope. From the window, I saw a woman of about 50 years old, cooking and cleaning. She looked Lebanese. I prayed, “I want to shout to make this woman hear me. I will ask her for help. Send me a sign if I should continue.” I opened the window and shouted, “Madam, madam, please help me, madam!!!” She didn’t hear me. I shouted again even louder and she heard. She said, “Shoo?” (what) You speak English or French?” I told her English and said, “Please, madam, help me. Mr Cesar Gebara, the son of Mr. Antoine Gebara, the president of Beirut, wants to kill me tonight.” Because she couldn’t hear me clearly she made a sign which meant “wait, ok. We will call the police.” Then I saw them talking and they closed all their windows and I knew that when they heard the name Cesar Gebara they became afraid. I waited a long time but they’d closed their windows and I started to cry again. Then I stood up and thought to myself, ‘No! Mary sent me a sign and I have to work for it! I walked into the salon and decided to stay near the locked door so that if I heard any noise I could beat on the door loudly so that someone would hear me. I heard the voice of two women and I beat on the door and screamed, “Madam, madam, I’ve been locked in here by Mr. Cesar Gebara for 3 days and he wants to kill me”. The women said, “Why did he lock you in? What did you do?” I explained how I’d told him I wanted to leave and how every day I felt like I was going to faint and could see all black. I asked them to call the police not him because he would lie to them and kill me. They said that he wouldn’t be able to kill me because they would stay with me. I was scared that he would come but instead he a driver. He said, “Yalla (come on) Lyn, the boss wants to send you to the agency. I told the two women that he would not take me to the agency but he forced me into the car. As we were driving, I noticed that we weren’t going towards the agency and said so to the driver. He asked me, “What happened, Lyn? Did Cesar hit you?” I told him that he’d beat me up and wanted to kill me. He felt pity for me and allowed me to use his phone. I talked to Jake and Bob and told them what had happened. Bob said he would buy me a ticket and that my flight would be at 12:30 in the morning. I saw on the clock that it was only 6 p.m. The driver told me to be strong and said he couldn’t do anything to help me as he was just an employee like me. He stopped the car outside the house and said, “The boss wants to see you.” He took me to the elevator and said that Cesar wanted to put me on the terrace. When we got there, Cesar told Jonny to leave. The only ones there were me, Cesar and another worker. They tied up my hands so I couldn’t move and they closed the door so no one could hear me. Cesar punched me in the head saying, “Sharmouta, we pray your daughter will die soon.” He punched me again, kicked me in the legs and knees and again on the head. I was strong and accepted what was happening. He said, “You cannot go home. You will die here and we will throw you from the window and tell people you committed suicide. No one will ask questions.” I couldn’t breathe and asked for water. He took a glass of water, drank some of it, and threw the rest in my face, laughing all the time. I knew his wife was watching on camera because their house had lots of cctv. I was praying that it would turn 12 so I could go to the airport. He punched me and hit me until 10:30 pm. I heard Bob call him and he replied, “Yes, she is just preparing her things.” He kicked me until I fell over but still I was strong. He got his worker to remove my uniform and ordered him to kick me. I was standing there in my bra and underpants. The worker also hit me. I know he is a good man but he was afraid of Cesar. At 10:30 the police driver arrived. Cesar told me I was going to prison but I knew that Bob had bought me a flight. They lead me down to the car with my hands tied. I never got my personal things and they owe me $1000. The agent helped me out financially but the Gebaras didn’t pay what they owe me.  I went to the airport in ripped pants, no bags, no money; just my passport. When I got to the airport, the driver told me, “Don’t talk to anyone. You know how powerful Gebara is.” The ticket was only to Manila but I live in Iloilo. Thankfully, Qatar Airways helped me to get home. They let me fly for free and gave me some money to buy some food and things. Because I didn’t have a phone, they took the phone number and Facebook of another Filipino in the plane and sent my ticket to her. I have messaged the Gebaras since I got home. They replied, “You took more than you deserve and more than your rights other than what you stole from us. You robbed our money (4000$) that was our children’s school payment. I promise I will get back my money from you even if you are in Philippines. I have already contacted the interpol’s offices, and the agencies in Lebanon and the Philippines, and opened a case to get back what you stole from us. Look how crazy you are. Justice is coming.”

They are Christians but they are evil. Every time they had a party, they would give the leftovers to poor people in Lebanon but we ate food that was 6 days old or more. They want people to think they are very good because Mr. Cesar wants to run in politics. All I want now is justice and to be able to buy my daughter diapers.

Felma Reyes Testimony

My name is Felma Reyes. I worked for Cesar and Nancy Gebara from December 2014 until May 2017 – two years and five months. The problem I had with them was that they wouldn’t let me leave even though I’d finished my contract. They said I couldn’t leave because the kids loved me. My body was falling down and one day I feel I fall and die because every night I didn’t sleep because of their babies and the full day’s work. I didn’t have any energy. I told them I wanted to go home and again they said, “No, Felma. You can’t do that.” In the end, I said I wanted to go home on vacation and I would come back. They refused saying that I wouldn’t return but I smiled and said, “I will come back because your kids love me.” After that they talked and said if I come back they can keep me alone in the house because I can do all the work and care for their kids. They decided to let me go home on vacation but they didn’t give me all my salary. I said, “It’s up to you madam/sir if you do that to me.” One day, also, Mr. Gebara beat me on my legs. Janice saw it happen and the kids were crying with me. I was also crying in the car. Two weeks after I got home, madam Nancy called me to see if I was ready to come back and I said, “Sorry, madam, I don’t want to come to your house because my family doesn’t want me to leave. I need a rest, madam. Sorry.” Five months later, Nancy sent me a message saying that I had stolen their things and she called me bad words. I told her I’m not a stupid person to steal her things and I’m not a liar. She has cameras throughout her house. God knows who is the liar. I don’t understand how they could accuse me after I was so good to them, especially their kids. God knows I am telling the truth. They told me they are very powerful and have a lot of money and can do whatever they want. I told myself, ‘I can find money again but not life if I stay in the devil house with the devil sponsor’. I left my $1750 with them. They can be a bit richer from it. The important thing is that I saved my life. I only pray that one day God will punish them for the terrible way they treat poor people, especially domestic workers.

Leanne Joy Roflo testimony

I’m Leanne Joy Roflo. I worked for the Gebaras from July 2013 to October 2015. From 2013 to 2014, I worked in their house and also in Nancy’s mother’s house and Nancy’s pharmacy. I cared for their oldest daughter as well. When madam got pregnant, Felma came so we were two workers. Madam delivered twins; Felma took care of them and I cleaned the house. If the babies were asleep, Felma helped me with the housework. When my contract finished, I told them I wanted to go but they said no. One day, I called my agency in Lebanon and asked sir Gabby, who owns the agency, if I could go back to the Philippines since my contract had finished. He said I could and nobody could force me to stay so the next day, I knocked on their door and I stood and said, “Madam/sir, sorry, I called my agency and asked them if I can go since I finished my contract. The agency said yes.” Mr. Gebarra got angry with me and said, “Who told you that you could use the phone?” I said, “Sir, I only used it to call the office and ask if I can go because you told me I couldn’t go.” Mr Gebarra shouted at me and said he was going to put me in jail. He used many bad words and said he could do anything he wanted because he was a lawyer and his father was president. I stood there and said there was no reason to send me to jail. I had only done my job in his house. That day, madam Nancy sent me to the office and I stayed there 3 weeks before leaving. They did not give me all my salary. They still owe me $1000. My salary was $200 per month and they didn’t pay me the last 5 months.

شهادة فرينزلين فيلارين دخلت بيتهم في 12 يونيو 2017. تظاهروا في البداية بأنهم أصحاب عمل طيبون. أعطوني ما احتجت بدون صراخ. قالوا “من فضلك” و ” شكرا” و ” روعة يا لين نحن نحبك.” لقد عاملوني كإنسان لمدة شهر واحد. بعد ذلك ، بدأت الكلمات البذيئة و بلهاء وغيرها من الكلمات العربية التي لم أكن أفهمها في ذلك الوقت. عندما بدأت الإساءة اللفظية ، طلبت منهم حريتي وطلبت إعادتي إلى الوكالة. في اليوم التالي ، أخذني سائق العائلة (إن لهم صلات بالحكومة ولهم سائق تزوده الشرطة) إلى مكتب الوكالة بعد أن أخبرني سيزار ، “إذا كنت تريدين العودة إلى المكتب ، يتعين عليك دفع 5000 دولار أو سأرسلك إلى السجن. أنا قوي هنا في لبنان لأن والدي هو الرئيس هنا. ” في اليوم الذي ذهبت فيه إلى المكتب ، كنت متحمسة للغاية لأنني اعتقدت” نعم ، أنا حرة. “عندما وصلت إلى هناك مع سائق الشرطة ورائي ، سألني الوكيل بوب عن سبب رغبتي في تغيير أصحاب العمل و إذا كانوا لا يعاملونني جيدًا. كان السائق يستمع ويرسل رسائل إلى صاحب العمل ليخبره بما كنت أقوله. في ذلك الوقت ، اتخذت قراراً سيئاً بسبب الخوف وقلت: “لا ، إنهم طيبون ، لكن لا يمكنني التعامل مع الأطفال”. قال بوب أن مشكلتي بسيطة ويجب أن أتيح الوقت للأطفال كي يحبوني. وبينما التفت لأذهب ، رأيت السائق يتصل ويقول ، “سيدتي ، لا توجد مشكلة”. وعندما عدت إلى المنزل ، قالت عائلة جبارة لي “فهمتي. قلنا لك إذا تركت ، عليك أن تدفعي لنا “. في ذلك الوقت ، كان زوجي عاطلًا عن العمل وتم تشخيص ابنتي للتو بتضخم العقد اللمفاوية في رقبتها. بدأت أقبل حقيقة أنه ربما كانت هذه إرادة الله لي. كان لديّ زميلتان في العمل ، امرأة سريلانكية تدعى تالا ،و أخرى فلبينية تدعى جانيس. رأيت كيف عانوا. ضربوهما ولكموهما. أصبحت المسكينة تالا نحيلة جدا ومريضة، و ذات يوم سقطت في مركز تسوق ABC لأنه ليس لديها طاقة. أنا شخصياً عانيت من سوء المعاملة الوحشية في منزلهم بين 12 يونيو 2017 و 5 مارس 2019. في 2 مارس 2019 كنت متعبة للغاية واستجمعت شجاعتي لأخبرهم أنني أريد العودة إلى وطني لأنني كنت العاملة الوحيدة في هذا الوقت. كانت هناك امرأة لبنانية تقوم بالكي ولكنني كنت المسؤولة الوحيدة عن الأطفال الأربعة ولم يكن لدي الوقت الكافي للنوم وعملت بجد طوال اليوم. شعرت بالإعياء والضعف وأحياناً شعرت كأنني سأسقط من الدوخة. عندما أخبرتهم أنني أرغب في المغادرة ، طلبوا على الفور من السائق أن يأخذني إلى منزلهم في الجديدة بجانب صيدلية نانسي التي تملكها سيدتي. مكثت هناك لمدة 3 أيام. في اليوم الأول ، اتصلوا بوكالتي وجعلوا جيك ، وهو فلبيني يعمل في الوكالة ، يقول لي إنه لا يمكنني العودة إلى وطني و أنه يتوجب علي إنهاء عقدي. أخبرت جيك أن العمال السابقين قد عادوا إلى بلادنا دون رواتبهم أو ممتلكاتهم الشخصية وأنه حتى لو أنهيت عقدي ، أعتقد أنهم سيفعلون نفس الشيء معي. وافق جيك على التحدث مع بوب ومحاولة مساعدتي على المغادرة. أخبرته أنهم حيوانات ، وعندما يذهب سيضربونني كما فعلوا مع العمال الآخرين ، وربما يقتلونني وتوسلت إليه أن يأخذني إلى المكتب لكنه لم يصدقني وغادر. بعد ساعتين ، جاء سيزار والمساعدة اللبنانية ميراي. قال سيزار أنه ليس من حقي القول إنني متعبة وأريد العودة إلى وطني، وقال إن علي البقاء لأن الأطفال أحبوني. قلت له أنني متعبة للغاية ولم يعد باستطاعة جسدي التحمل. كان هادئًا وطلب من ميراي الذهاب إلى الصالون والتحقق من بعض الأشياء هناك. عندما غادرت ، وضع قدميه بقوة على رأسي وقال بصوت منخفض، “أنت عاهرة كبيرة”. بدأت أبكي وقلت ، “لماذا تضربني؟” ثم جاءت ميراي وقالت ، “لين ، إنه لا يضربك. أنا هنا معه “. كان ماكراً للغاية. ثم غادروا. في اليوم الثاني ، جاء سيزار وحده وقال لي أنه يجب عليّ أن أبرم صفقة معه أو سيرسلني إلى السجن مدى الحياة ولن أرى ابنتي أو زوجي مرة أخرى. قال إنه لا يمكنني الذهاب لأن أطفاله كانوا متعلقين بي. كررت أنني بحاجة للمغادرة ومرة أخرى ركلني على رأسي وساقي. قال ، “سأعود غداً. إذا لم ترجعي ، فسترين ما سيحدث. ربما تأتي الشرطة وتضعك في السجن “. وجاء اليوم الثالث وكنت أرتجف. جاء سيزار وحيدا مرة أخرى. دخل يغني مثل الشيطان. قال ، “أيتها العاهرة الغبية ، إن لم تبقِي ، فسأقتلك الليلة وأرميك في مكان ما ولن يعرف أحد”. ركلني مجددًا في رأسي وعلى ساقي. كنت أبكي وقال: “أوه ، لديك صوت لطيف حتى عندما تبكين. تذكري كلماتي ، سأقتلك الليلة “. وغادر. بعد مغادرته ، صليت ، “يا الله ، إذا مت الليلة ، فالرجاء الاعتناء بابنتي وزوجي وعائلتي أيضًا. إذا مت ، أعرف أنني سأكون معك. “ثم وقفت لأني أردت استخدام المرحاض. عندما أدرت رأسي ، رأيت صورة للسيدة العذراء في المنزل المجاور. هذا أعطاني الأمل. من النافذة ، رأيت امرأة تبلغ من العمر حوالي 50 عامًا وهي تطهو وتنظف. كانت تبدو لبنانية. صليت ، “أريد أن أصرخ لجعل هذه المرأة تسمعني. سأطلب منها المساعدة. أرسل لي علامة إذا كان عليّ الاستمرار. “فتحت النافذة وصرخت ،” سيدتي ، سيدتي ، أرجو مساعدتي ، سيدتي !!! “لم تسمعني. صرخت مرة أخرى بصوت أعلى وسمعت. قالت ، “شو؟” (ماذا) هل تتحدثين الإنجليزية أو الفرنسية؟ “قلت لها الإنجليزية وقلت ،” من فضلك ، سيدتي ، ساعدوني. السيد سيزار جبارة ، نجل السيد أنطوان جبارة ، رئيس بيروت ، يريد قتلي هذه الليلة. “لأنها لم تستطع أن تسمعني بوضوح ، وضعت لافتة تعني” انتظري ، حسناً. سوف نتصل بالشرطة “. ثم رأيتهم يتحدثون وأغلقوا جميع نوافذهم و عرفت أنهم عندما سمعوا اسم سيزار جبارة خافوا. انتظرت لفترة طويلة لكنهم أغلقوا نوافذهم وبدأت في البكاء مرة أخرى. ثم وقفت وفكرت في نفسي ، ‘لا! أرسلت العذراء مريم لي علامة وعلي العمل من أجل ذلك! مشيت إلى الصالون وقررت البقاء بالقرب من الباب المقفل حتى إذا سمعت أي ضجيج يمكن أن أضرب على الباب بصوت عالٍ حتى يسمعني أحد. سمعت صوت امرأتين وضربت على الباب وصرخت ، “سيدتي ، سيدتي لقد تم حبسي هنا من قبل السيد سيزار جبارة لمدة 3 أيام وهو يريد قتلي”. قالت النساء: “لماذا حبسك؟ ماذا فعلت؟” شرحت كيف أني أخبرته برغبتي في المغادرة وكيف شعرت كل يوم بأنه سيغمى علي و أظلم بصري. طلبت منهم أن يتصلوا بالشرطة لا هو لأنه سيكذب عليهم ويقتلني. قالوا إنه لن يكون قادرا ًعلى قتلي لأنهم سيبقون معي. كنت خائفة من أنه سيأتي ، لكن بدلاً من ذلك أرسل جوني ، سائقه الخاص. قال ، “يلا (هيا) لين ، الرئيس يريد إرسالك إلى الوكالة. أخبرت المرأتين أنه لن يأخذني إلى الوكالة لكنه أجبرني على ركوب السيارة. أثناء القيادة ، لاحظت أننا لم نذهب إلى الوكالة وقلت ذلك لجوني. سألني ، “ماذا حدث ، لين؟ هل ضربك سيزار؟ “أخبرته أنه ضربني وأراد قتلي. لقد أشفق علي وسمح لي باستخدام هاتفه. تحدثت إلى جيك وبوب وأخبرتهما بما حدث. قال بوب إنه سيشتري لي تذكرة وأن رحلتي ستكون في الساعة 12:30 صباحًا. نظرت إلى الساعة كانت 6 مساءً فقط. قال لي السائق أن أكون قويةو إنه لا يمكنه فعل أي شيء لمساعدتي لأنه كان مجرد موظف مثلي. أوقف السيارة خارج المنزل وقال: “يريد الرئيس أن يراك.” أخذني إلى المصعد وقال إن سيزار أراد أن يضعني على الشرفة. عندما وصلنا إلى هناك ، طلب سيزار من جوني المغادرة. الشخصان الوحيدان هناك كانا سيزار وإسماعيل و هو عامل آخر. قيدوا يدي حتى لا أستطيع التحرك وأغلقوا الباب حتى لا يسمعني أحد. ضربني سيزار في رأسي قائلاً: “عاهرة ، ندعو من أجل أن تموت ابنتك قريباً”. وضربني مجدداً وركلني في الساقين والركبتين ومرة أخرى على الرأس. كنت قوية وقبلت ما كان يحدث. قال ، “لا يمكنك الذهاب إلى المنزل. سوف تموتين هنا وسوف نلقي بك من النافذة ونقول للناس أنك انتحرت. لن يسأل أحد أسئلة “. لم أستطع التنفس وطلبت الماء. أخذ كوباً من الماء ، وشرب بعضاً منه ، وألقى الباقي على وجهي ، ضاحكًا طوال الوقت. كنت أعرف أن زوجته كانت تشاهد من خلال الكاميرا لأن منزلهما كان به الكثير من الدوائر التلفزيونية المغلقة. كنت أصلي من أجل أن تبلغ الساعة الثانية عشرة حتى أتمكن من الذهاب إلى المطار. لكمني وضربني حتى الساعة 10:30 مساءً. سمعت بوب يتصل به فأجاب: “نعم ، هي فقط تحضر أغراضها”. ركلني حتى سقطت لكنني كنت قوية. جعل إسماعيل ينزع زي العمل وأمره أن يركلني. كنت أقف هناك في صدريتي وسروال داخلي. ضربني إسماعيل أيضاً. أعلم أنه رجل طيب لكنه كان خائفًا من سيزار. في الساعة 10:30 وصل سائق الشرطة. أخبرني سيزار أنني ذاهبة إلى السجن ولكني علمت أن بوب قد اشترى لي تذكرةرحلة. قادوني إلى السيارة ويداي مقيدتان. لم أحصل أبداً على أمتعتي الشخصية وهم مدينون لي بمبلغ 1000 دولار. ساعدني الوكيل ماليًا ولكن عائلة جبارة لم يدفعوا لي ما يدينون به. ذهبت إلى المطار في سروال ممزق ، لا حقائب ، لا مال. فقط جواز سفري عندما وصلت إلى المطار ، قال لي السائق ، “لا تتحدثي إلى أي شخص. أنت تعرفين مدى قوة جبارة. “كانت التذكرة موجهة إلى مانيلا فقط ولكني أعيش في إيلويلو. لحسن الحظ ، ساعدتني الخطوط الجوية القطرية على العودة إلى المنزل. سمحوا لي بالسفر مجاناً وأعطوني بعض المال لشراء بعض الطعام والأشياء. لأنني لا أملك هاتفاً ، فقد أخذوا رقم هاتف و حساب فيسبوك يخص فلبينية أخرى وأرسلوا تذكرتي إليها. لقد أرسلت رسائل لعائلة جبارة منذ أن وصلت إلى بيتي. أجابوا ، “لقد أخذتي أكثر مما تستحقين وأكثر من حقوقك عدا عما سرقته منا. لقد سرقتي أموالنا (4000 دولار) التي كانت مدفوعات أطفالنا المدرسية. أعدك أنني سأسترد أموالي منك حتى لو كنت في الفلبين. لقد اتصلت بالفعل بمكاتب الانتربول والوكالات في لبنان والفلبين ، وفتحت قضية لاستعادة ما سرقته منا. انظري كم مجنونة أنت. العدالة قادمة. “إنهم مسيحيون لكنهم أشرار. في كل مرة يقيمون فيها حفلة ، كانوا يعطون بقايا الطعام للفقراء في لبنان ، لكننا تناولنا طعاماً كان عمره 6 أيام أو أكثر. إنهم يريدون أن يظن الناس أنهم طيبون للغاية لأن السيد سيزار يريد خوض الانتخابات. كل ما أريده الآن هو العدالة والقدرة على شراء حفاضات ابنتي.
شهادة فيلما رييس:
اسمي فيلما رييس. عملت لدى سيزار ونانسي جبارة من ديسمبر 2014 حتى مايو 2017 – لمدة عامين وخمسة أشهر. كانت المشكلة التي واجهتها معهم أنهم لن يسمحوا لي بالمغادرة رغم أنني قد أنهيت عقدي. قالوا إنه لا يمكنني المغادرة لأن الأطفال أحبوني.
كان جسدي يتهالك وشعرت يوماً أنني أسقط وأموت لأنني لم أنم كل ليلة بسبب أطفالهم والعمل طوال اليوم. لم يكن لدي أي طاقة. قلت لهم إنني أريد العودة إلى وطني ومرة أخرى قالوا: “لا يا فيلما. لا تستطيعين فعل ذلك.”
في النهاية ، قلت إنني أرغب في العودة إلى وطني في إجازة وأعود. رفضوا قائلين إنني لن أعود لكنني ابتسمت وقلت: “سأعود لأن أطفالكم يحبونني”. وبعد ذلك تحدثوا وقالوا إن عدت يمكنهم الاحتفاظ بي وحدي في المنزل لأنني أستطيع فعل كل شيء العمل و رعاية لأطفالهم. قرروا السماح لي بالعودة إلى وطني في إجازة لكنهم لم يعطوني كل راتبي. قلت ، “الأمر متروك لك سيدتي / سيدي إذا فعلت ذلك بي.”في أحد الأيام ، ضربني السيد جبارة أيضًا على ساقي. رأت جانيس ذلك يحدث وكان الأطفال يبكون معي. كنت أبكي أيضا في السيارة. بعد أسبوعين من وصولي إلى بيتي ، اتصلت بي السيدة نانسي لمعرفة ما إذا كنت مستعدة للعودة وقلت: “آسفة يا سيدتي ، لا أريد المجيء إلى منزلك لأن عائلتي لا تريدني أن أغادر. أحتاج إلى الراحة يا سيدتي. آسفة. ”
بعد خمسة أشهر ، بعثت لي نانسي برسالة قائلة إنني سرقت أشياءها ووصفتني بكلمات سيئة. أخبرتها أنني لست شخصاً غبياً لسرقة أشياءها ولست كاذبة. لديها كاميرات في جميع أنحاء منزلها. الله يعلم من هو الكذاب. لا أفهم كيف يمكن أن يتهموني بعد أن كنت طيبة جدا معهم ، ولا سيما أطفالهم. يعلم الله أنني أقول الحقيقة. أخبروني أنهم أقوياء للغاية ولديهم الكثير من المال ويمكنهم فعل ما يريدون. قلت لنفسي ، “يمكنني أن أجد المال مرة أخرى ولكن ليس الحياة إذا بقيت في بيت الشيطان مع راعي الشيطان”. تركت مالي 1750 دولار معهم. يمكن أن تزداد ثروتهم قليلاً من مالي . الشيء المهم هو أنني أنقذت حياتي. أدعو الله أن يعاقبهم في يوم من الأيام على الطريقة الرهيبة التي يعاملون بها الفقراء ، وخاصة عاملات المنازل.
شهادة لين جوي روفلو
إسمي لين جوي روفلو. عملت عند عائلة جبارة من يوليو 2013 إلى أكتوبر 2015. من 2013 إلى 2014 عملت في منزلهم وأيضاً في منزل والدة نانسي وصيدلية نانسي. قمت برعاية ابنتهم الكبرى كذلك. عندما أصبحت السيدة حامل ، جاءت فيلما و بهذا صرنا عاملتين. ولدت سيدتي توأماً. اعتنت بهم فيلما و أنا قمت بتنظيف المنزل.عندما كان الأطفال ينامون ، كانت فيلما تساعدني في الأعمال المنزلية.عندما انتهى العقد ، أخبرتهم أنني أردت المغادرة لكنهم قالوا لا. في يوم من الأيام ، اتصلت بوكالتي في لبنان وسألت سيد غابي ، الذي يملك الوكالة إذا كان بإمكاني العودة إلى الفلبين بما أن العقد انتهى. قال إنه يمكنني ولا أحد بوسعه أن يجبرني على البقاء لذلك في اليوم التالي ، طرقت بابهم ووقفت وقلت ، “سيدتي ، سيدي ، آسفة ، اتصلت بوكالتي وسألتهم عما إذا كان بإمكاني المغادرة بما أني أنهيت عقدي . قالت الوكالة نعم. ”
غضب السيد جبارة مني وقال:” من قال لك إنك تستطيعين استخدام الهاتف؟ “قلت: ” سيدي ، لقد استخدمته فقط للاتصال بالمكتب والسؤال إن كان بإمكاني الذهاب لأنك أخبرني أنني لا أستطيع الذهاب “. صاح السيد جبارة في وجهي وقال إنه سيضعني في السجن. لقد استخدم العديد من الكلمات السيئة وقال إنه يستطيع فعل أي شيء يريده لأنه محام والده رئيس. وقفت هناك وقلت إنه لا يوجد سبب لإرسالي إلى السجن. لقد قمت فقط بعملي في منزله. في ذلك اليوم ، أرسلتني السيدة نانسي إلى المكتب وبقيت هناك ثلاثة أسابيع لحين مغادرتي. لم يعطوني كل راتبي. ما زالوا مدينون لي بمبلغ 1000 دولار. كان راتبي 200 دولار شهريًا ولم يدفعوا لي آخر 5 أشهر.

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48 comments

  1. Leonelle Gamboa

    i want to know if they are given the justice they needed.because what is the use of giving a testament and no action has been done.if they are powerful and nobody can do something to help their poor victims then their will be more victims

  2. I’m sure the Gebaras will come out and say that the ladies were lying and are blackmailing them for money.
    Sad abuse of power and unacceptable disrespect for human life. Money & power don’t buy ethics.
    To the lawyer and pharmacist who are educated and consider themselves elite in society with political ties and ambitions … if you treat people with respect and value the fact that they clean your mess and raise your children, they wouldn’t need to backlash at you. Even if you say it’s lies and regardless of how much of this story is true, if you treated them well enough, this article wouldn’t have been written

  3. I know some employer here treated their maids like an animals,like a machine but even the machine get tired and stop working.Filipina left Philippines and their family to work here to earn some money for their kids but sad to know that their employer needs money more than their maids.i am so lucky
    ,thanks God i am lucky because my 3rd employer is nice to me.they treat me like a member of their family.any way my first and 2nd employers are not lebanese they are from Switzerland and Frence but i work with them 7years and 6years to the frence family but they left lebanon because of war in 2006.we Filipina are nice,clean,respectful,etc.we work hard to earn some money.please treat us good like “human being”.
    Thank you

  4. Nayla Honein Rasamny

    These people the Genara should be in prison . Tfehh
    What a lousy system we have in this country .
    These people should pay for what they did to those girls .

  5. I cant believe how they trt people like animals i guess that they are real animals tfou 3a heik balad hata lbachar fi saro hauawenet ma3 ba3doun elet ta ektob bel 3arabe la2an lenglish be tare ta3abir obade esta3mela tamin halun bel masare yareit besiro bani2admin la2an lmasare mabta3mel 3alam l3alam li bta3mel masare

  6. What an animal and a pig, I’m ashamed that he’s lebanese. He’s a narcissistic pshyco and belongs in jail and his awful retarded wife that is standing still like a statue doing nothing and watching his abuse, I hope he would beat you to death someday maybe then you will feel other woman pain you.

  7. SHARE THIS INFO WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO SHOW THE TRUE FACE OF THOSE EMPLOYERS

  8. You know what’s sad about this? Cesar’s brother died of cancer after years of pain and suffering. That was back in 2007-2008. One would think that maybe this made him more ‘human’. Obviously it didn’t.

  9. For all this happened to are Filipina workers why they are still sending kabayan to that family…God bless us all OFW whose aims is to work and earn money for are family future not to suffer and die for an evil employers….allahdulillah

  10. Sad indeed but I don’t believe it and we can’t judge Gebara family specially that we didn’t hear their story. From my personal experience, 80% of Filipino women are liars, pretenders, thieves and aggressive. Their role should be limited to housekeeping. I blame people who use housekeepers as baby sitters, specially Filipinos and Ethiopians, they are strangers coming from different cultures, we ignore their past, their state of mind and their mental health, while our children need a guaranteed professional supervision instead. Unacceptable to throw stones on a Lebanese family only because we heard one side of the story. And no, this is not Lebanon.

    • I wouldn’t believe it as well untill I worked for a family now these people are Jordanian not Lebanese, I did not apply for a housekeeping job my job was to transport kids make and take care of them I agreed to tidy up here and there since I’m such a clean person but my job was to make sure they were safe got homework done bathed ready for bath, long story short this mans name is William Madian and I don’t even want to remember how he was yelling at me as if I was his slave ordering me to clean his fridge ofcoures that was the first and last I was being nice untill he showed his real face I told him respect yourself this is not Jordan btw he hates lebanes he thinks we are shit the wife was nice I was trying to ignore this man untill I couldn’t do it no more and he attaked me
      Now I was at his house and I’m not tht evil to press chargers if he tried to lay a finger on me he would of been locked up for life at least I made sure he would he’s wife called and apologized and said I have a check for you I did not agree to go to they’re home I met her up and got my Check so I do believe Arab men have issues specially that they don’t respect woman I’m a proud Lebanese Armenian American but these guys have issues and I believe these woman 100%

  11. Jerk family who deserves ****
    Politics ?? Even as slavery is better than you!!

  12. I’m sure both they are unrespectable and show off in the society!

    • You are delusional and frankly racist to pin the blame on these ladies just for doing their job. I am Lebanese and I’m ashamed to admit that these disgusting excuses for humans do reside in our country. He is an entitled, abusive disgusting animal that likely terrorizes not just the help but also his wife and kids. Do not defend him. We have a problem and hiding behind lies will not make it better. I don’t care how much money or power he has, he is going straight to hell. Not everyone is like this but when more than one person recounts similar events then you better believe they are likely true.

  13. The gebaras are pigs Cesar’s FouFou ebn FouFou and he’s wife bitch bnt bitch and they have sisters and kids!
    Both they should be in jail.

  14. The elite and all Lebanese should know the real colors of this family to avoid voting them to lead Lebanon…all employers should treat all their employees nicely.

  15. O my God, I read the whole thing and I’m crying like a baby.

    Is this now? for God’s sake we are on the 21st century.

    This family should be punished and should apologize from Mrs. Frenslyn Villarin, is this a horror movie? or a real life story? They should be charged for emotional abuse and physical abuse.

    Shame on them

  16. This is shameful these people should be trialed and their son put in jail I just hope his daughter one day will be treated as he treated this girl… now it is fashion any person in Lebanon who wants to get rid of a housekeeper will accuse her of robbery the ministry of labor should treat these issues and make a syndicate for these grils and Lebanese should understand that those girls are here to work as we go to work abroad. shame on him and his wife and their son and driver and all person who did not help

  17. …. I am speechless. You bring in strangers to help you around your home, clean up after your kids, slave around for you, then imprison them while they’re simply doing their best to support their life and family miles away and eventually not even pay them their rightfully earned money while you sit around talking about how much of a rich big shot your are. Gebaras are nothing but sad and cheap little pieces of shit who deserve to be publically humiliated

  18. Where is the Philippine embassy in this? Why didn’t they get involved?! So many are being abused and nobody to protect them legally. This has to to go viral and on an international level!

  19. They are not humans ..they are evil on earth .
    .Hoping justice coming soon for the victims🙏🙏

  20. Shame on you Cesar & Nancy I was a customer at Nancy’s Pharmacy!
    This is disgusting!!!
    Just because you’re some big shit in this country that doesn’t give you the right to act the way you feel towards humans!
    Please Drag this man to prison!

  21. Such cases should be adopted by TV programs like Hawa El Horriyeh. if someone knows Joe Maalouf plz let him see this. I think He has balls to put this in his TV show.

  22. Ya 3ayb El choum 3lek! Wou inta Bil baladieh! Jeyer dawrak ! Bil kada2 bibayyin kill chi! Wou gheir issas kamene Bil mazed El 3alaneh…

  23. Wa7ad mejwe wessikh

  24. Ya 3ayb el choum 3lek!! Wou inta chabb el baladieh!! La2anno hek ntor wasil dawrak !! El kada2 wassillak aribane wou bil mazed li bit 7ebbo!! Thks for “This is lebanon” lezim na3rif fiyoun hek ness.

  25. Dirty liar thief jsutice is coming for you soon this philippine girl opened the dirty pages for you hope so…you are the dirty municipal employee who steal money from people. We promiss you snss we know who you are and you have done already

  26. who is this mother fucker Cesar Gebara ?>??? if what you are saying is real i am ready to take off his head anytime you want here is my numb 70804445 i wish to catch mother fuckers like him i don’t fucking care who he is

  27. When i first read this article i was so shocked and i decided to help these philipino girls.
    I called their employer and took an apointment from them. The surprise was when they showed me the surveillance cameras in their house and the whatsapp msgs.
    Leen the one crying every night steals alcohol from the bar and drinks. Another video she had a fight with her roomate and they used knifes.
    I also saw the converations between leen and her madame. Leen was her eyes in the house she told her everything and two of her philippino roomates were kicked out because of her stories. And when they discovered her real personality and talked to her she became crazy and she promised them that she will humilate them unless they send her 2000$.
    So i told her employer why they didnt pay her salary. And here was the shock. They showed me all her omt bills and her salary is fully paid.
    I said ok leen is a drama queen and a liar so what about felma.
    They showed a picture of felma when she left their house with 40kg bags full of gifts that was another shock for me.
    Girls blackmailing is a crime and ur employers has proof and its send to a philipino lawer shame on you.

    I have a lot of questions
    They had a phone and the keys of the house ( why they didnt escape)
    How did she pass the general security at the airport if she was so beated up…….

    Anyway shame on you.
    This is lebanon how you publish such an article with no proof shame on you to.
    Lebanese people you all have maids so wakeup. This page shows that lebanese are cruel. There is cruel lebanese but not all of us. Shame on them liars

    • This exact comment was made on our Facebook page from a fake account. S/he uses the same name for Lyn (Leen) as the Gebaras did. It is almost certainly one of the Gebaras hiding behind the fake account.

    • Her drinking does not justify her employers’ continuous verbal and physical abuse and death threats.
      Also the wife’s dirty game of turning an employee into an informer just shows u her insecurity and dirty games.
      After The knife episode , if true, the employers didnt feel the need to protect their kids from this? And refused to let the worker go back to her country? What kind of parents are these???
      Also it still doesnt justify the abuse, hitting, death threat AT ALL.
      I wouldn’t want to visit their house let alone work in it.
      Taking 40kg worth of luggage back home after years of service isnt an indicative proof of the goodness of employers. It tells u shit. Same goes for any job where they mistreat you and abuse u then pretend all is fine if they pay u your end of service.They are still HORRIBLE nonetheless.

  28. It’s disgusting and shameful but I don’t think this racism and abuse is limited only to Lebanon . This exists everywhere even in “first world countries” unfortunately and no, this is not lebanon . Lebanese ppl r warm and hospitable in general. They need to tighten the rules and regulations on having a housekeeper / maid so that the rights of both employers and employees r protected .

    • Lebanese are warm but not with Indians, Sri Lankese, Philippinos, Ethiopians, Somalians, Sudanese, Nepalese, Desis, whome they see as not humans, and not with Syrians or Egyptians, whom they see as lesser men, and not with Chinese and other south esyern Asians, whom they see like disgusting rat eaters, and not with Russian, Ukrainian or any eastern European women, whom they perceive solely as prostitutes.
      On the other hand, give the Lebanese a French or American random person, the Lebanese will make haste to bow down, suck their toes, and talk three languages full of mistakes just to dazzle them.
      This IS Levanon, unfortunately.

  29. Well i’ve read this article many time with the comments.
    A lebanese family has 4 kids
    They have 3 filippino girls and a lebanese cook
    The mom and dad works all day long and the kids at school or nursery
    My conclusion:
    1- they are a team of three and they have phones so its impossible so they get abused and never tried to escape
    2- leen reply on people is so aggressive so we can see her strong personality (such person cant be abused)
    3- leen claiming to be a victim is so active on social media. ( she had a phone so where was her talent before)
    4- the pictures of bruises doesnt show their faces
    5- one called paty commented that felma got 40kg of gifts and no body denied it
    6- there s a screenshot the family of leen seems happy
    7- this is lebanon erased a lot of comments ( human rights???)
    8- also i read a comment that was erased about felma when she first came to their house with no hair and they tooked care of her
    9- they talked about a free plastic surgery for one of the maids

    Really sorry but it really seems like a blackmail and a act and thisislebanon if you are this innocent you shouldnt delete any comment

    To sad that lebanese people fall for such lies

    I hope all the people to send food for poor like they said about gebara family because we have a lot of poor lebanese people

    How come they eat old food when fresh food is being sent to poor people
    Shame on these actress maids espacially the aggresive actress leen (فاجرة)

    كيف أمكن للموقع تنزيل قصة كهذه دون التأكد من وجود أبتزاز.
    Lebanese are one of the best people in the whole world stop judging us from bad and lying employees
    Watchout lebanese people

  30. Oh my God girls ..i am sooo sorry you had to endure this .it breaks my heart to hear everythg you had to go through ,especially in my country . These pigs you worked for should pay for what they did , i am gona share your experiences so people will know their truth .

  31. no wonder lebanese employers are worst than animals since their leaders are devils,… don’t worry God is watching,. one day lebanon you will remember all your evil dids to other people…

  32. The police and government officials are racist and don’t care. I believe every word the housekeeper is saying. This happens in many homes in lebanon and no one is doing anything about it

  33. i am so heart broken reading your story and struggle, we Lebanese are nothing like these animals you had the misfortune to work for, did you try to speak to the embassy in Lebanon? maybe set up an Interpol case and law suite? i hope you find a way to get all your rights and reparation for all the suffering

  34. What a family of total psychos! I’m ashamed that they are lebanese. Send the mighty Cesar Gebara and his ugly stupid wife to prison! They deserve nothing more. And well done to those ladies for speaking up. I hope they stay strong and don’t get intimated by those animals of Gebara!

  35. How did you publish this story without contacting the family to know if this is true or not.

    Idiots

  36. Thank you for your courage. There are plenty of victims out there. Stay strong and believe in yourself. ❤️
    Shame on all these people like this family. To prison, to the jungle and nothing else.

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