“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.” (read more here)
In Lebanon, the Dom people remain one of the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in the country. Over 30% of them live below the poverty line (on less than 1 dollar a day). Suffering from a situation of exclusion and social rejection, the Dom communities can access healthcare and schooling only with difficulty. The parents of Zahra, for example, have a struggle to send their child to school, not only owing to their lack of finance, but even more for fear that she would be subjected to discrimination.