Migrant domestic workers of various nationalities attend the launch of the first domestic workers union, at at the headquarters of the National Federation of Unions for Workers and Employees in Lebanon (FENASOL) in Beirut. There are an estimated 200,000 migrant workers in Lebanon, primarily from Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, the Philippines and Nepal. Many have their passports confiscated by their employers upon arrival in Lebanon and are locked up insides homes. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Lebanon POW: 22 – 28 January

Social media are a catalyst for the advancement of everyone’s rights. It’s where we’re reminded that we’re all human and all equal. It’s where people can find and fight for a cause, global or local, popular or specialized, even when there are hundreds of miles between them. – Queen Rania of Jordan

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Residents smoke a hookah in snow-covered Jizeen, southern Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

Lebanon POW: 7 – 14 January

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again”. – Lewis Carroll.

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A Lebanese army soldier holds an umbrella as he walks at a main road covered by the snow, in Al-Marj village, in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon. While the storm disrupted life for everyone, it proved particularly trying for the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who live in tents and makeshift shelters in the Bekaa. The storm dumped rain and hail on Lebanon’s coast and heavy snows in the mountains and central Bekaa Valley, where gas stations, banks, schools and most shops closed. (Hussein Malla / AP)

Lebanon POW: 1 – 7 January

They felt neither the cool night, nor the cold stone, nor the damp ground, nor the wet grass; they looked at each other, and their hearts were full of thought. They had clasped hands, without knowing it. – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables.

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