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New Economy Changing the Face of Chin...
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
11 Nov 2014

Over the past 7 to 10 years Chinese society has undergone rapid transformation socially, economically and politically. The face of this change is best seen in China’s youth. They are the people who are moving China forward. Many youth find themselves caught between tradition and modernity as they try to find their sense of identity and place in an ever changing society. 

Some of the changes in Chinese society can be seen in the weddings and marriage customs of young Chinese newlyweds. Zheng Ying met her husband through a mutual friend and they now live together in their new home in Guangzhou. Old Chinese traditions often saw newly married couples move directly into the groom's home, but now, with China's economic growth, couples are becoming wealthier and more independent and many are buying their own homes and abandoning old traditions.

Modern Chinese wedding ceremonies often infuse Western style opulence alongside ancient Chinese traditions. With a massive surge in the disposable income available to Chinese citizens, no expense is spared in making the ceremonies as lavish as possible. In a country where image and stature are of great importance, the typical Chinese family is spending great amounts of money on their child's wedding.

These photos explore the rapid cultural and economic changes taking place in China through the wedding ceremonies of young Chinese couples. 

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Migrant Workers of Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
10 Feb 2014

This sign at St. George's Yacht Club and Marina, used to only say, "STOP SOLIDERE." But after Rahel Abebe, a migrant worker from Ethiopia, was discriminatorily denied entry to the St. George Yacht Club & Marina, the Anti-Racism filed lawsuit on her behalf. The result, most importantly to her, the sign now reads underneath the large writing, "STOP DISCRIMINATION." She has been in Beirut for nearly 14 years and also has a catering service, on the side of her work in a cafe, cooking Ethiopian food.

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Female Migrant Workers Overcome Chall...
Beirut, Lebanon
By Transterra Editor
07 Jan 2014

Migrant workers in Lebanon have little protection under current labor laws, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation. Many of Lebanon’s estimated 200,000 domestic workers who come to the country for work often face extremely challenging living and working conditions. The Human Rights Watch estimated that in 2008, an average of one domestic worker died in Lebanon per week. Most of these deaths are a result of suicides or attempts to escape their employers. Even when they manage to escape, once their contract is broken, they no longer have identification documents and can end up in an even more deplorable situation.

But despite the challenges and dire situations for a majority of migrant domestic workers, some of them done incredible things in Lebanon with their personal strength and the support of their network in the country. Women like Rahel Zegeye, who is a domestic worker by day and a filmmaker/artist by night, or Rahel Abebe, who started a catering service for Ethiopian food in Lebanon’s capital of Beirut, and was Lebanon's first migrant worker to have a lawsuit filed on her behalf against discrimination, are some of the women who have come the Middle East as migrant workers and thrived.

Photos by Omar Alkalouti
Text by Melissa Tabeek

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Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
01 Jan 2014

Jessy has been able to build a loyal clientele who come from outside Hamra to visit her salon. One only has to spend a few minutes in the small salon to pick up on the family-feel of the establishment. Since she left Cebu in 1999, she has dreamed of opening up her own salon. Beirut, Lebanon.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
31 Dec 2013

Jessy, 49, is from Cebu, Philippines, but feels that Lebanon is her homeland. Today she is a proud salon owner in Hamra, Beirut. She was first a migrant worker in Kuwait in 1999, where she worked as a clerical typist. She came to Lebanon after nine years with her Lebanese husband whom she met there, and the first of her two children. After working in various salons for 5-6 years in Lebanon, she was able to fulfill her dream of opening up her own place. "I kept saving. Once I learned enough, I felt strong enough to open a salon on my own. It was time. It's very small, but there is work," she said happily.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
31 Dec 2013

Masaret sits in her room, which is decorated with mementos from home. Though some days she gets very sad about the difficulties for migrant workers in Lebanon, she is grateful to have the opportunity to provide for her family at home, while living with an old couple that she has grown to care about deeply.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
31 Dec 2013

Mimi Hussein, 26, a domestic worker from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, stands in the kitchen of a fellow domestic worker's workplace. Hussein has been in Lebanon for nearly a decade and works with a family she feels like a part of. While in the country, she has also been able to participate in a weekly English class, organized by the non-government organization, Migrant Task Force, in Lebanon. She is a teacher, and has been for a few months, ever since she finished the highest level of English that the organization offers. When Hussein walked through into the class two years ago, she could hardly say hello.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
31 Dec 2013

Uniforms for domestic workers can be found everywhere throughout Beirut, from formal shops like this one to stalls on the street. There are nearly 200,000 migrant workers in Lebanon.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
31 Dec 2013

Masaret, 28, sits in the room provided for her by the old couple she works with. Though she desperately misses her family, she has grown to love the couple she has lived with for more than seven years, and is grateful to have the opportunity to put her late sister's two children through school, and be able provide them housing and clothes. She sends nearly all of her money home to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, every month.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
31 Dec 2013

Jessy stands outside of her shop, "Jessy Nails," with her daughter, Nour. Though sometimes her children are teased for being half-Filipino and half-Lebanese, they still feel like normal Lebanese kids.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
31 Dec 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.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
31 Dec 2013

Mimi Hussein was once a student at the Migrant Task Force's weekly English classes. Mimi now returns every Sunday as a teacher for other migrants to teach English and help them study before their tests.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
31 Dec 2013

Though Mimi is grateful for her good situation in Lebanon, and all that she has learned, she will be leaving soon in order to go home and start a family. She and Masaret are friends, and both of them work together to help fellow workers who have been mistreated or are in a bad situation.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
03 Dec 2013

Masaret shows a wallet size photo of her family that she supports financially, but never sees. In the decade she has been in Lebanon, she has only returned to Ethiopia on three occasions.

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

A man sells uniforms for domestic workers in Hamra, an area of Beirut, for less than $15. 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.

Photos by Omar Alkalouti
Text by Melissa Tabeek

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

Uniforms for domestic workers being sold on the sidewalk in Hamra, an area of Beirut, for less than $15. 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.

Photos by Omar Alkalouti Text by Melissa Tabeek

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

Jessy, 49, from Cebu, Philippines, stands outside her salon, "Jessy Nails," with her daughter, Nour in Hamra, an area of Lebanon's capital, Beirut. Though she is from the Philippines, she feels that Lebanon is her homeland. She was first a migrant worker in Kuwait in 1999, where she worked as a clerical typist. She came to Lebanon after nine years with her Lebanese husband, whom she met there, and the first of her two children. After working in various salons for 5-6 years in Lebanon, she was able to fulfill her dream of opening up her own place. Since she left Cebu in 1999, she has dreamed of opening up her own salon.

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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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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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Blood Sugar 010
By Ruom
17 Feb 2013

February 17, 2013
Omliang, Kampong Speu, Cambodia

Manual labourers work at the plantation harvesting sugar, Phnom Penh Sugar plantation.

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Blood Sugar 007
By Ruom
17 Feb 2013

February 17, 2013
Omliang, Kampong Speu, Cambodia

Manual labourers arrive at the Phnom Penh sugar plantation to start harvesting.

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By Ruom
17 Feb 2013

February 17, 2013
Omlaing, Kampong Speu, Cambodia

Von and his son return home after he finishes work on the plantation.

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Blood Sugar 021
By Ruom
16 Feb 2013

February 16, 2013
Omliang, Kampong Speu, Cambodia

A 'city' was built around the Phnom Penh Sugar factory.

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Libya (3 of 40)
Benghazi, Libya
By George Henton
24 May 2011

A migrant family from West Africa waits at the port in Benghazi, Libya, for a bus to take them across the border into Egypt, having just disembarked from a boat sailing from the Libyan city of Misrata, 23 May 2011. Thousands of migrant workers and their families have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries as a result of the fighting in Libya. GEORGE HENTON.