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Online Event: Supporting Marginalized Groups amid Lebanon's Cascading Crises

October 6, 2020 • 9:00 – 10:00 am EDT

Lebanon has been home to vulnerable communities for centuries, most recently becoming home to perhaps a million refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict. Now, as the country reels amid compounding economic, public health, and political crises, refugees join expatriate domestic workers and others among Lebanon's most marginalized communities in facing heightened risk.

Sahar Atrache, Yasmin Kayali, and Banchi Yimer will join us for a discussion of the threats facing Lebanon's most vulnerable communities, and what stakeholders can do to support and empower them. Throughout the event, participants are encouraged to submit questions to the guests and host, Jon B. Alterman, via the provided link.

Sahar Atrache is the senior advocate for the Middle East at Refugees International. Prior to joining Refugees International, Sahar was the senior advocacy officer at the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and a senior analyst on the Middle East and North Africa at International Crisis Group.

Yasmin Kayali is the co-founder and CCO of Basmeh & Zeitooneh, a non-profit organization launched in 2012 that seeks to empower Syrians in exile to live lives of dignity. Basmeh & Zeitooneh designs and delivers effective relief, education, and livelihood and protection services to marginalized communities from six centers across Lebanon.

Banchi Yimer is a former domestic worker who lived in Lebanon for nearly a decade. Alongside fellow Ethiopian migrant workers, she founded Egna Legna ("Us for Ourselves"), a community-based organization working on migrant domestic workers' issues and women's issues in Lebanon and Ethiopia.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

Jon Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program
Jacob Kurtzer
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Humanitarian Agenda

Sahar Atrache

Senior Advocate for the Middle East, Refugees International

Yasmin Kayali

Co-foudner and CCO, Basmeh and Zeitooneh

Banchi Yimer

Founder and Director, Egna Legna