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The lively and vibrant atmosphere surrounding the day was a testament to the strength and unity of the Filipino community in Lebanon, which – like most migrant communities in Lebanon – is constantly faced with stark discrimination.Migrant workers in Lebanon are not afforded many of their basic rights due to complexities in Lebanon's employer sponsorship system known as the kafala system. Human Rights Watch reported that one migrant domestic worker committed suicide in Lebanon per week in 2008 .The Philippines Ambassador to Lebanon Leah M. Basinang-Ruiz estimates that there are approximately 30,000 Filipinos in Lebanon, and 97 percent of those are women who work as migrant domestic workers.Adel, for instance, is a migrant worker from the Philippines who came to Lebanon 11 years ago when she was 24 . Like most migrant workers who make the journey across Asia, she came to Lebanon to financially support her family. While Adel has led an active life in Lebanon, she bemoaned how some of her fellow nationals were treated.
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