The clauses stipulated in the contract sound promising, although they do not tackle enough factors regarding the murderous discrimination of the migrant domestic workers in Lebanon to get to a stage where the Kafala system can be said to be abolished.
In the aftermath of a freak event or a natural disaster, it is normal for guilt, pain and fear to be a part of the equation for those who witnessed it, but the absence of reliable formal state institutions to provide urgent support adds to the pile a giant burden on the backs of the youth in the city. The supportive void is so large, in the midst of an also gigantic Pandora’s box of ailments in the country, that the need for their informal manpower becomes incredibly urgent.
I’ve almost made peace with the idea that everyone I know is going to die soon, I started to calculate: would I rather die with my parents in Syria? Or would I rather die with my partner and friends here? What if my parents die? Would I rather be there or hear about it from here?
“Lebanon was the starting point in terms of defending our friends, colleagues, and comrades that were subjected to abuse in [neighboring] authoritarian countries, but today we fear the same fate …” Doja Daoud expresses. “The fate of enforced disappearances and detention because of the expression of opinions, as well as the militarization of the issues of freedoms and civil rights.”
To backdrop of his people’s empty fridges, dark homes, and numerous suicides on account of devastating poverty… whilst Lebanese youth waste their days slaving at jobs they have stopped getting paid for months back, PM Hassan Diab believes he deserves to be paid his salary, in fresh money, five years in advance.
Agnotology is the study of the intentional actions, usually on parts of decision-makers, to spread confusion and deception, or to conceal information. In other words, Agnotology is the study of the premeditated dissemination of ignorance.
When most confident speeches spewing out of politicians are often followed by tragic events, the totalitarian citizen is left feeling unsafe, insecure, and constantly in a ‘survival of the fittest’ mental state, much like a longtime victim of abuse.