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Cameroonian Women in Lebanon Accuse Consul of Blocking their Return Home
Category :- News Author :- N Gelmin S 
Posted on September 25, 2020, 12:00 am
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Following social media reports, the Cameroonian consulate of Lebanon is blocking the process of repatriation for Cameroonian women stranded in Lebanon. This has been revealed by the President of Cameroonian Community in Lebanon and Help Them Home who are soliciting the public to help the women return home.

concul Jean Abboud

The stranded women in August 2020 had begun protests at the Consulate after waiting for over six months to be repatriated back to the Cameroon.

According to sources, Honorary Consul, Jean Abboud took over $800 USD about CFAF 4,44,800 from each woman to process their Emergency Travel Certificate after their employers illegally confiscated their passports.

However, he is yet to provide the workers any information about when they can finally escape what they call “one of the world's worst economic crises to go home” where over 90 percent of their employers maltreat them.

Meanwhile, Cindy and Help Them Home are said to have inquired about purchasing tickets for the women but Consul Abboud and his staff have maintained deafening silence over the issue.

Cameroonian Women in Lebanon Accuse Consul for Blocking their Return Home

The women say Consul Abboud “works closely with people who own the recruiting agencies (slave traders), which is not without financial benefits,” they claim.

When contacted, the Consul is said to have sounded like the women are illegal but that the reply was unclear as to why the workers are not able to get their documents to go home. They say he asserted that it is their “Honorary Consulate's” responsibility" and other people should not get involved.

Honorary Consul Jean Abboud is assisted by his secretary, Georgette Chidiac (Joujou Chidiac) the women say has also refused to help, and is known to treat the Cameroonian nationals poorly, according to a circulating video in which the women are calling for help.

Georgette Chidiac (Joujou Chidiac Secretary to Cameroon Consul in Lebanon

"She rejects us as if we were objects. She doesn't think about us. Because we're African, we have to stay outside. It's NOT nice," one of the women reported.

"When we call her, she doesn't give a shit, she insults us, she doesn't give a shit."

"Our (secretary) Consulate, she must leave that office, because she doesn't care about us. How many months?"

"When we come to see her, she doesn't treat us with basic courtesy."

"She's got to get out of that office. She's got to get out and we'll put in someone who can help us. That's all we want," the women reported.

“After the Cameroonian women witnessed that the Kenyans were able to successfully fight to get support from General Security when their consulate failed them, they approached General Security directly. General Security agreed to help the Cameroonian women but requested they provide them with the full list of names of the Cameroonian women who need the Emergency Travel Certificates from the consulate. The Honorary Consul refused. The same General Security that returns women back to their abusers is more willing to help these workers than their own consulate. The Honorary Consul refused the offer, but insisted that they would have their papers and travel certificates by morning-time on Monday, September 21, 2020. When they arrived to the Consul on Monday morning, the Consul was closed and they were not even allowed inside. Their protest continues, and they are asking for you to share their message so that they can go HOME!” according to This is Lebanon website report.

Honorary Consul Jean Abboud in Lebanon

It is worth noting that Jean Abboud is a Lebanese national and the Cameroon's only diplomatic representation for their citizens in Lebanon. He has served as Honorary Consul for 22 years.

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