A devastating explosion in Beirut
“We weren’t home at the time, so we are safe,” Hanna said, speaking to CNN on the condition that her full name wasn’t used. But now, she said, “anyone in the street can walk through the door and find us sleeping. We are afraid.”
Hanna and her six roommates are just some of the thousands-strong mainly African domestic worker population living in Lebanon. Some of them were swept up in the explosion that left a 10-kilometer circle of destruction in Beirut.
For many migrant workers in Beirut, the destruction of Tuesday’s blast added one more reason to quit the country.
Aster Kidane, an Ethiopian migrant employed as a domestic worker in Beirut, told CNN that she was sweeping the floor when the explosion shattered windows.
Glass shards left her cut and bruised but she was treated at home because hospitals in Beirut are so overwhelmed…