Sidon’s Farmers Market New Home of Arab Workers
In the Hisba (farmers’ market) area of Sidon, hard labor is no longer the reserve of Palestinians and Syrians. Arab workers strive to make a living in the southern Lebanese town. You might find them emptying trucks filled with fruits and vegetables, or collecting used boxes and calling on vendors.
The vegetable market in the city is, day by day, turning into an Arab ‘workers’ league.’
Though once banned from working in Lebanon, due to the sensitivities that arose from the disappearance of Imam Moussa Sadr, Libyans are now taking part in the Lebanese work force as well.
The lifting of the ban is due to the fact that “Gaddafi was killed,” says Libyan worker Mohammad Bashir Howaish. He sought refuge in Lebanon after escaping “a revolution whose rebels fight among each other for loot and power.”