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Migrant Workers in Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
29 Nov 2013

Rahel Zegeye, 34, is an Ethiopian domestic worker from Faransy by day, and a documentary filmmaker and artist by night. Her first feature film, "Beirut," focused on the plight of domestic workers in Lebanon and took her two years to film in the country. She has recently received funding for a second film, which will also focus on domestic workers. Rahel has been in Lebanon for 13 years, and in that time has become a local leader in the fight for migrant workers' rights.

Photo by Omar Alkalouti
Text by Melissa Tabeek

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Migrant Workers in Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
28 Nov 2013

A domestic worker on the balcony of her employer's home. There are over 200,000 migrant workers in Lebanon, many of whom are women working in Lebanese households. One of the main issues with the rights of migrant workers in Lebanon is that their status is tied to their sponsor under the "kefala system." Migrant domestic workers are severely limited within Lebanon - they cannot travel, switch employment, leave or enter the country without the permission of their sponsor - particularly because their documents are almost always confiscated and held by their sponsor. This leaves many vulnerable, as they have to rely on their sponsors to take care of their welfare.

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Migrant Workers in Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
28 Nov 2013

Maimouna, 24, from Cameroon, stands in front of a shop display of domestic worker uniforms in Gemmayze, Beirut, with a friend from Cameroon, also a domestic worker. Her friend had just lost her mother, but was unable to travel because she could not obtain the right documents to travel out of the country. Maimouna was kicked out of her employer's house for refusing to clean multiple family member's houses for the same pay. Her personality is infectious and strong, and she refuses to let people treat her badly. "You do me, I'll do you back," she says with a giggle.

Photo by Omar Alkalouti
Text by Melissa Tabeek

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Migrant Workers in Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
27 Nov 2013

Maimouna, 24, is from Cameroon, and has been in Lebanon since October 2010. She had been with her "Madame," for over a year, when she suddenly threw her out because she did not want clean multiple family members' houses for the same pay. Maimouna was forced to leave immediately, and is now staying with a friend from her home country, looking for work. "I cannot tell others to come here," she says, "It's too difficult. The people here treat you like nothing, like animal."

Photo by Omar Alkalouti
Text by Melissa Tabeek

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Migrant Workers in Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
27 Nov 2013

Maimouna, 24, is from Cameroon, and has been in Lebanon since October 2010. She had been with her "Madame," for over a year, when she suddenly threw her out because she did not want clean multiple family members' houses for the same pay. Maimouna was forced to leave immediately, and is now staying with a friend from her home country, looking for work. "It's open in this country, but the mentality is bad. It's so difficult," she says. She plans to stay in Lebanon - she came here to work and make money, and that is what she plans to continue to do, at all costs.

Photo by Omar Alkalouti
Text by Melissa Tabeek

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Explosion near the Iranian Embassy in...
lebanon,beirut
By Nour Nasser
19 Nov 2013

There were at least 20 dead, after an explosion occurred near a building belonging to the Iranian Embassy in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, this morning, Tuesday, 19-11-2013

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Explosion near the Iranian Embassy in...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Transterra Editor
19 Nov 2013

There were at least 20 dead, after an explosion occurred near a building belonging to the Iranian Embassy in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, this morning, Tuesday, 19-11-2013

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Twin Explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
19 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Twin Explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
19 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Twin Explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
19 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Twin Explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
19 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Twin Explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lanon
By hussein baydoun
19 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Twin Explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
19 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Twin Explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
19 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Twin Explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
19 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Twin Explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
19 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Twin Explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
19 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Explosions near the Iranian Embassy i...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Transterra Editor
19 Nov 2013

There were at least 20 dead, after an explosion occurred near a building belonging to the Iranian Embassy in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, this morning, Tuesday, 19-11-2013

Photos by Nour Naser

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Twin Explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
19 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Twin Explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Transterra Editor
18 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Twin Explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
18 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Migrant Workers in Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
17 Nov 2013

Every Sunday in Hamra, at AltCity, language classes are held by the Migrant Worker Task Force, an NGO in Lebanon, in three languages: Arabic, English and French. This particular session is English-language, where more than 50 migrant workers from a range of countries come on their day off to learn how to speak, read and write English. The teachers are all volunteers, and even students like Mimi Hussein learn the language well enough to become teachers themselves.

Photo by Omar Alkalouti
Text by Melissa Tabeek

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Twin explosions in Beirut Near Irania...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Transterra Editor
17 Nov 2013

At least 23 people were killed and more than 145 injured in two explosions that ripped through Beirut's neighborhood of Bir Hassan, near the Iranian embassy. The cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was among those killed. Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Photos by Hussein Baydoun

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Radio Beirut Hip-Hop Lebanon
Beirut Lebanon
By Transterra Editor
03 Oct 2013

Radio Beirut is a platform for an open mike session with a Hip Hop party that is a fusion between Oriental music and Arabic Hip Hop,presented by a group from Syria, Beirut and China who are rapping about their daily problems.

by: Matias Nordal Carlsen

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Radio Beirut Hip-Hop Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
By Matias Nordal Carlsen
02 Oct 2013

Radio Beirut is a platform for an open mike session with a Hip Hop party that is a fusion between Oriental music and Arabic Hip Hop,presented by a group from Syria and Beirut who are rapping about their daily problems.

by: Matias Nordal Carlsen

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A New Nakba for Syrian Palestinians
South Beirut, Lebanon
By Transterra Editor
01 Oct 2013

Out of the 500,000 Palestinian refugees living in Syria, it is estimated that 56,000 have fled their homes because of the war, and taken refuge in Lebanon.

After Ahmed Jibril, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), announced his support for the Syrian regime, and the Free Syrian army entered the Palestinian refugee camp, Yarmouk, in an angry reaction to Jibril’s statement, 85 percent of the camp’s inhabitants abandoned their homes and took refuge in Bourj el-barajneh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon.

These refugees feel a nostalgia for their home in Yarmouk, Syria, similar to the one felt for a forbidden Palestine after the 1948, and 1967 Arab-Israeli wars. The Palestinian refugees in Syria were part of the community with good jobs and homes, unlike the refugees in Lebanon who are restricted in terms of professions and live in an environment where the water is not clean and there is a daily 18 hour power cut.

“Oh, Yaramouk was not like Bourj” moans Mohammed, “in Syria the water is clean and pure, you can drink it.” The belief in the ‘right of return’ to Palestine – a principle of International Law - has been the cornerstone of the Palestinian struggle since the creation of Israel in 1948. However, for those Palestinian-Syrians – victims of a second displacement - there is an emerging narrative whose axis is shifting from Palestine to Yaramouk Camp, or wherever they once lived. Accordingly, the ‘right of return’ the recurring motif of the Palestinian narrative is changing its meaning in the new Middle East.

The Syrian Civil War has paved the way for a new ‘Nakba’; a Nakba leading to the return to an imagined Palestine in Syria.

Collette Hogg lives and has spent the last 11 months in Palestinian Refugee camp Bourj el-barajneh in Lebanon.

Article by Collette Hogg
Photographs by Collette Hogg

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Story of Taloozy 2
South Beirut, Lebanon
By Collette Hogg
01 Oct 2013

Taloozy holds up a photo of his brother who died in clashes in Yaramouk.

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'Barakat', House of Memory
Beirut, Lebanon
By Christina Foerch
01 Sep 2013

2013
Beirut, Lebanon

There is something intriguing about this old building at Sodeco Square, also called Barakat Building or the Yellow House. Located at a busy intersection in the heart of Beirut, 15 years of destruction and war couldn’t destroy the beauty of the building’s unique architecture. And despite being a war ruin where nobody could live in anymore, even not squatters, a courageous man re-opened his barbershop “Salon Ephrem pour Dames”. He emptied his small property of rubble and the sand bags left there by snipers, renovated his salon and painted the walls and continued where he was forced to stop in 1976 due to the war: as a hairdresser for the ladies of Achrafieh. Ephrem’s story is one of many untold stories of war. And the Barakat building is home to many stories of war. “This building summarizes the history of war. It evokes the memory of the city of Beirut, the sweet and the bitter one”, says Mona Hallak, a young architect. Due to her years-long struggle, this building wasn’t sold to investors and destroyed after the war. Under the auspices of the Municipality of Beirut, it will become a museum, or a House of Memory.

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Not Quite a Virgin
Beirut, Lebanon
By Ali Zein
01 Sep 2013

When dominated by a patriarchal society, girls end up being the victims sometimes. Certain extremes are taken in order to protect oneself from the shame and disgrace of society. Hymen Reconstruction surgeries are one of those extremes girls seek in order to appear as virgins to their future husbands and society. Is it ethical? Is it justifiable? This documentary aims to present several points of views around this issue, leaving it up to the audience to decide what is right and what is wrong in hopes of encouraging change.

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Car Bomb Blasts Beirut Suburb
Beirut
By Osie Greenway
09 Jul 2013

Tuesday morning’s explosion tore through the Dahiyeh neighborhood — a Hezbollah stronghold — in Beirut’s southern suburbs, leaving at least 53 injured and extensive damage in its wake. The reported 35kg bomb was planted under a car, leaving a crater in the parking lot of a grocery store.

The blast comes amid heightening sectarian tensions in Lebanon, as the spillover from the war in neighboring Syria continues to affect Lebanon. July 9, 2013.

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Lebanon's Migrant Workers Rally for R...
Beirut,Lebanon
By Raha Askarizadeh
28 Apr 2013

The sponsorship system for foreign workers is a modern-day slavery, particularly for the 200,000 female domestic workers in Lebanon, say critics. They want employers to stop seizing passports and operating outside the labor laws.

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Lebanon's Migrant Workers Rally for R...
Beirut,Lebanon
By Raha Askarizadeh
28 Apr 2013

Hundreds of migrant workers marched in Beirut to demand rights and the eradication of the country’s slavery-like sponsorship system.

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Beirut
beirut
By Mukhametchin
27 Apr 2013

city​​, streets, architecture

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Syrian Refugee Children Work in Beiru...
Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon ,
By hussein baydoun
12 Mar 2013

A Syrian refugee girl is watching two people eating in a restaurant.

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Syrian Scarvengers in Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
By Elie-Louis
31 Dec 2012

They are called “Scarvengers”, “garbage kids”, or “Syrian kids”, like Ali and Salem, two Syrians that we can meet in the eastern suburb of Beirut. They are at best twenty years old altogether, but the strength of their handshaking suggests they are the double. Everyday, they go back and forth between the highway and the sea to find any kind of metals that can be resold.
Whereas they were also Palestinians or Egyptians, this “job” is now only for Syrians. All came because of the war, leaving their family there, sending it money every month. Mawour have left his pregnant wife since 7 months. Collecting cartoons, he earns around 10 $ per day, 300 $ per months, and try to send to her wife what he can save. A very low salary that has been lowered with the big afflux of Syrians men looking for jobs to feed their family stayed in Syria.
Zouair is fourteen. He came here from Deir Ezzor, an eastern Syrian city, since 9 months. With his dad, he collects metals from garage and sells it back to a recycling centre.
Although this job is not well perceived, it is answering a lack of engagement from the municipality and the inhabitants to waste sorting. Few separated dumpster have been installed in Lebanon, but they are not used at all. As a consequence, some Syrians collect the garbage, open them, and take in it what can be recycled and sold. In Bourj Hammoud, an area in the eastern suburb of Beirut, a sorting centre has been improvised in the road, taking sometimes mostly half of it. Hani, 22 years old, is receiving all the garbage from the area. With his little hands, without gloves, he selects what can be reused. The rest is taken by the Sukleen’s trucks (the Company in charge of the collect of garbages), which come regularly. “Even if this work is dirty, degrading, and sometimes dangerous, at least I have my money at the end of the day. Before this, I was working in construction buildings. It’s more money, but the boss abuse and play with you, paying you whenever he wants”, says Hani, garbage selector since two months.

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Syrian Scarvengers in Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
By Elie-Louis
31 Dec 2012

They are called “Scarvengers”, “garbage kids”, or “Syrian kids”, like Ali and Salem, two Syrians that we can meet in the eastern suburb of Beirut. They are at best twenty years old altogether, but the strength of their handshaking suggests they are the double. Everyday, they go back and forth between the highway and the sea to find any kind of metals that can be resold.
Whereas they were also Palestinians or Egyptians, this “job” is now only for Syrians. All came because of the war, leaving their family there, sending it money every month. Mawour have left his pregnant wife since 7 months. Collecting cartoons, he earns around 10 $ per day, 300 $ per months, and try to send to her wife what he can save. A very low salary that has been lowered with the big afflux of Syrians men looking for jobs to feed their family stayed in Syria.
Zouair is fourteen. He came here from Deir Ezzor, an eastern Syrian city, since 9 months. With his dad, he collects metals from garage and sells it back to a recycling centre.
Although this job is not well perceived, it is answering a lack of engagement from the municipality and the inhabitants to waste sorting. Few separated dumpster have been installed in Lebanon, but they are not used at all. As a consequence, some Syrians collect the garbage, open them, and take in it what can be recycled and sold. In Bourj Hammoud, an area in the eastern suburb of Beirut, a sorting centre has been improvised in the road, taking sometimes mostly half of it. Hani, 22 years old, is receiving all the garbage from the area. With his little hands, without gloves, he selects what can be reused. The rest is taken by the Sukleen’s trucks (the Company in charge of the collect of garbages), which come regularly. “Even if this work is dirty, degrading, and sometimes dangerous, at least I have my money at the end of the day. Before this, I was working in construction buildings. It’s more money, but the boss abuse and play with you, paying you whenever he wants”, says Hani, garbage selector since two months.

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Syrian Scarvengers in Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
By Elie-Louis
31 Dec 2012

They are called “Scarvengers”, “garbage kids”, or “Syrian kids”, like Ali and Salem, two Syrians that we can meet in the eastern suburb of Beirut. They are at best twenty years old altogether, but the strength of their handshaking suggests they are the double. Everyday, they go back and forth between the highway and the sea to find any kind of metals that can be resold.
Whereas they were also Palestinians or Egyptians, this “job” is now only for Syrians. All came because of the war, leaving their family there, sending it money every month. Mawour have left his pregnant wife since 7 months. Collecting cartoons, he earns around 10 $ per day, 300 $ per months, and try to send to her wife what he can save. A very low salary that has been lowered with the big afflux of Syrians men looking for jobs to feed their family stayed in Syria.
Zouair is fourteen. He came here from Deir Ezzor, an eastern Syrian city, since 9 months. With his dad, he collects metals from garage and sells it back to a recycling centre.
Although this job is not well perceived, it is answering a lack of engagement from the municipality and the inhabitants to waste sorting. Few separated dumpster have been installed in Lebanon, but they are not used at all. As a consequence, some Syrians collect the garbage, open them, and take in it what can be recycled and sold. In Bourj Hammoud, an area in the eastern suburb of Beirut, a sorting centre has been improvised in the road, taking sometimes mostly half of it. Hani, 22 years old, is receiving all the garbage from the area. With his little hands, without gloves, he selects what can be reused. The rest is taken by the Sukleen’s trucks (the Company in charge of the collect of garbages), which come regularly. “Even if this work is dirty, degrading, and sometimes dangerous, at least I have my money at the end of the day. Before this, I was working in construction buildings. It’s more money, but the boss abuse and play with you, paying you whenever he wants”, says Hani, garbage selector since two months.