Beirut looks different at night, active and alive. Some regions in Beirut still awake, like its coast (Corniche). Painful stories could be heard there, just three weeks ago, near the suicide rock in Raouche, the latest guy threw himself down the rock. He didn’t intend to kill himself, but while he was threatening the cops to jump over if they attempt to seize him, sadly, he slipped down and died.
Besides similar stories, some gloomy stories are spread about Syrian people who work in cruises underneath the rock. Another world is existing here, but you have to carefully look down the rock to recognize it. Those guys live in crashed houses with no shields, suffering cold and heat, and spend their nights mostly homeless!
“Life here is full of humiliation. No work no life. We start working at 07:00 till 19:00 with no breaks, even without any pause to have breakfast or lunch. At the end of the workday, we earn 20000 L.P. (about 13 dollars). The boss pays us half of them (7 dollars) and reserves the rest to cut them off, just in case, one of us was absent for a while, then, we have to work without pay. This could happen twice a week, which obliged me to lend some money from my friend to buy food, and pay them back next day” Mustafa said describing the work in Lebanon.
“I mightily tried to find another work but in vain. Firstly, we used to sleep in the open air under sky, and then we built those straw wooden rooms, hopeful, that our stay would not last such long time. We have been informed that, an investment project will be launching in this area, we have to go back jobless to the street” Mustafa said.
The accurate statistics of Syrian workers percentage in Lebanon are not available, yet, this percentage increases day by day due to continues migration of Syrian people since the beginning of the Syrian revolution. More than 750000 refugees arrived to Lebanon, and most of the workers are between 12 and 20 years old.
A study about Syrian workers in Lebanon, prepared by the United Nations Committee on Economic and Social, titled “Syrian asylum repercussions on Lebanon”, declares that: 57% of 952 Syrian refugees are working illegally in Lebanon.
“I attempted to contact my family in Turkey; they don’t even know where I am, and all I know that they stay in the camps in Turkey. No phone conversations for two years. The only solution is to go back to Syria and get my passport. According to a driver I spoke to, it is possible if I pay a sum of 100 $ (bribe) but no assured guarantees, in addition to, the risk of potential detention there by the Syrian regime.” Mustafa said.
Mustafa Abo AL-Abdul kader, his mother is Zeinab Kader, born in Manbij –Aleppo suburbs- 1995, telling a story of the two-years illegal work in Lebanon, there underneath the suicide rock in Al Raouche, the place where death stories are told every day. “All what I dream of, is to talk to my family and see them again” Mustafa said, staring towards the camera.