TIRUNELVELI: After remaining incommunicado for a short period when the conflict between the government and rebel forces raged outside a hospital in Yemen where they worked, a family from Vickramasinghapuram in the district have managed to establish regular contacts with their relatives back home.
Express had carried an article titled ‘Nellai Family of Three Trapped In Yemen Hospital’ on April 4, explaining how the family of Edward Victor Das, working as a storekeeper at Mayo Hospital at Hodeidha town in Yemen, his wife Prema, a nurse in the same hospital, and their four-year-old daughter Bernice Jacey were caught inside the hospital without being able to contact their parents back home.
Edward’s father Gnana Siromani had told Express that he was worried about the situation in Yemen and about the safety of his son’s family. He had also pleaded the Indian government to take immediate action to bring them back to India.
Soon afterwards, the Indian government and hospital management made arrangements to ensure their safety. Speaking to Express, Prema said the officials from the Indian Embassy had contacted them the very next day. The hospital management also assured their safety by taking all required steps, and helped them establish regular contact with their parents in Tamil Nadu, she added.
According to her, the elderly parents were worried after seeing media reports about the trouble in Yemen. However, they were safe as the situation in their area is under control, Prema said, adding that the family would return to India as was planned earlier.