Archivi giornalieri: agosto 22, 2009

Migrant workers face abuse in Lebanon

Migrant workers face abuse in Lebanon

Human rights groups are warning of the terrible conditions faced by migrant workers across the Middle East.

Millions of women from countries such as the Phillippines and Indonesia head abroad to work as maids. But because they have little if any legal protection, many are tortured and abused at the hands of their employers.

In Lebanon, according to Human Rights Watch, one domestic worker a week attempts suicide. Zeina Awad reports from Beirut.


Tensions erupt between Jerusalem Jews

Tensions erupt between Jerusalem Jews

A decision to open a municipal car park in Jerusalem on Saturdays, the Sabbath, has caused an outcry from Ultra-Orthodox Jews who say it is an act of desecration.

Secular Jews and entrepreneurs say the conservatives are stifling the city’s businesses.

Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland reports from Jerusalem.


Charcoal-making threatens Mozambique forests

Charcoal-making threatens Mozambique forests

Bags of charcoal stacked along roadsides across Mozambique are a common sight. Charcoal is popular because it is cheap, easy to transport and burns longer than wood.
And charcoal-making is a thriving industry that supports many poor families across the country. But the growing demand for charcoal is damaging forests, as Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from the village of Chokwe.