Ethiopia’s internet shutdown is silencing migrant workers stranded in Lebanon

Caught between an economic crisis and a news blackout, this vulnerable community is struggling to be heard

On Friday July 3, Ethiopian activists planned to gather outside their national consulate in Beirut in protest against the kafala system — a form of employment sponsorship that operates across the Middle East and has been blamed for widespread cases of abuse. But, with Lebanon’s economic collapse dominating the domestic media and an online blackout in force at home, organizers postponed the event.

English | July 8, 2020



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