Members of the project conclude their workshop at the Migrant Community Center. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Racism has hurt Lebanon's reputation as it struggles to mend its own divisions from the past. The country's history reveals a tale of two nations – one of privilege and another of exclusion – where migrant workers are sometimes treated as expendable, low wage servants and nothing more. In Beirut, migrant workers are everywhere, yet hardly ever noticed.Such stark prejudice compelled Asil to establish a new project called Alonsor – an Arabic term meaning element, which is also the root word for racism – in order to challenge racist attitudes in the country.The struggle remains steep, as was blatantly apparent after a new NGO was established last year to defend how families treat "their" migrant workers in the household.While Alonsor challenges racial stigmas of all sorts, increasing the visibility of migrant communities in Lebanon is equally vital to their cause. That way Lebanese nationals and Africans in the country can interact and share ideas on a more genuine level.
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