Tag Archives: Alem Dechassa

When suicide is the only escape

8 Apr

By Khaled A Beydoun

Washington, DC – For Alem Dechesa, death was the only way out. For thousands of voiceless Ethiopian domestic workers working in Lebanon, suicide is the only avenue for escaping a nihilistic existence.
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UN Expert on Contemporary Forms of Slavery urges Lebanon to investigate suicide of Alem Dechassa

3 Apr

Un News Service

3 April 2012 – A United Nations independent expert today urged Lebanon to investigate the death of an Ethiopian migrant domestic worker who committed suicide days after being abused in the capital city of Beirut.
The abuse committed against Alem Dechasa, 33, was caught on video and posted on social media websites, showing the victim shouting and struggling to resist a man dragging and forcing her into a car in front of bystanders. Ms. Dechasa committed suicide on 14 March.
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Ethiopia reportedly seeking full investigation into suicide of maid beaten in Beirut

20 Mar

Rachel Stevenson, The Guardian

Housemaid Alem Dechasa killed herself after street attack that sparked outrage over treatment of migrant workers in Lebanon. Ethiopia is lobbying Lebanon to investigate fully the death of an Ethiopian housemaid who killed herself after being beaten on the street in Beirut.
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