We had to leave our four-year-old daughter behind. Since the death of my father, she stays with my mother but she is sick too now. I haven’t seen my daughter in the six years I have been in Lebanon. I only talk to her on the phone and we cannot even turn the video on as it costs too much money.
We desperately want to go back to Bangladesh, although life will be tough there too. But we have absolutely no money to buy plane tickets, let alone the fees we will have for staying in the country without papers for so long. The general security is asking $200 per person and per year without papers. Where are we supposed to find that much money?
Since the time of this interview, the INSAAF center was able to help Shati and her beautiful family fly back to Bangladesh. Shati is now pregnant with their third child and the situation of the family remains precarious, but at last she was reunited with her mother and older daughter. Keep them in your prayers!
Thousands of women like Shati are still stuck in Lebanon without money or papers. In coordination with the INSAAF center, we have started reimbursing the cost of lawyer fees and repatriation flights and were able to help 10 women go back to their home countries, in Nigeria, Eritrea, Kenya, and Bangladesh.
On average, $500 sends one woman back home.
 The INSAAF center is a partner Christian NGO in Lebanon helping migrant domestic workers