Yemen Returnees Rue Government Apathy

Published: 11th May 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th May 2015 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

KOTTAYAM: With the government not keeping its promise on providing job to the Yemen returnees, most of them are now forced to go back to the crisis-hit land.

To protest against the apathy, around 60 Yemen returnees from various districts participated in the meet organised by the Kerala Pravasi Sangham at the Krishna Pillai Hall here on Sunday.

Most of them openly spoke out their decision to go back to the war-torn Yemen. “It has been more than a month since I lost my  job. I have no idea of how I will run my home,” said Sunila of Puthanangadi here. A lab technician at Al-Hilal Hospital at Yafa when the civil war began, Sunila had to abandon everything to return home. She is the sole breadwinner of her family, comprising her two children and parents, as her husband Baiju died of heart attack four years ago. Sunila could not draw one month’s salary as the war broke out.

Shyamili and Shalini, two sisters from Pezhaku at Pala, have no doubts about returning to the warland to repay a loan of Rs 1 lakh each to join as lab technician and nurse respectively at the Al Hilal Hospital.

Even if they wish to go to another country the siblings would require lakhs of rupees. They have deposited money as a bond to an agency for going to Yemen.

Some of the returnees also alleged that the government is not allowing them to go back to Yemen.

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