Strangers Save Kenyan From Deportation at Lebanese Airport

  • Individuals at an airport lobby
    Individuals at an airport lobby.
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  • A Kenyan activist working in Lebanon was saved from deportation by strangers at the country's airport.

    A report by the New Arab on Saturday, August 6, indicated that the unidentified activist was forcefully taken at the airport by the Lebanese General Security.

    The team was readying to have her deported when bystanders intervened and stopped the attempt.

    A non-governmental organisation identified as Anti-Racism Movement (ARM) operating in the Asian nation indicated that the activist, identified only as NM, was under the state's detention since April 15, 2022.

    Kenyan migrant workers sleep outside Kenyan consulate in Badaro, Beirut on January 11, 2022
    Kenyan migrant workers camp outside Kenyan consulate in Badaro, Beirut on January 11, 2022
    Matt Kynaston

    The organisation further indicated that NM is still under the risk of being sent home since she is still being detained by the security.

    ARM accused Lebanese officials of disregarding the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) according the activist the right to have her asylum request assessed.

    "The Lebanese authorities are breaking international laws and norms by bypassing the UNHCR’s legal mandate to forcibly deport a registered asylum seeker," the organisation indicated.

    During her stay, NM is reported to have been active within the community of migrant workers operating in Lebanon, a trait that seems to have rubbed officials the wrong way.

    ARM maintained that the activist was being detained illegally despite a case she was facing having been dismissed.

    Since January, Kenyan migrant workers camped outside the Kenyan Consulate in Beirut after falling out of manual work.

    A photographer, Matt Kynaston, told Kenyans.co.ke that the individuals were sleeping on the streets with their heaps of clothes, cookware and mattresses.

    They claimed that they had been mistreated by their employers since touching down in the Middle Eastern country in search of greener pastures.

    Kenyan migrant workers camp outside Kenyan consulate in Badaro, Beirut on January 11, 2022
    Kenyan migrant workers camp outside Kenyan consulate in Badaro, Beirut on January 11, 2022.
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