Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dom people in Lebanon

"BEIRUT, 11 July 2011 (IRIN) - Of all Lebanon's communities the Dom, described by some researchers as "the Gypsies of Lebanon", are the most marginalized: Up to 68 percent of Dom children do not attend school, according to a new report.

"Their access to legal protection, health, education, adequate shelter and food is very difficult, verging on impossible," said Charles Nasrallah, director of Insan Association, an NGO that promotes respect for the rights of vulnerable communities. "Such problems were compounded by acute social marginalization."

It is about time someone addresses the needs of the Dom people in Lebanon. But the article is not very well written. Why the comparison with the Palestinians? Or with the Bedouins? It is about class, silly. 

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