“I want to die in my Telangana, send me there,” pleads ailing expat

The NRI worker had pleaded before slipping into an unconscious state that he wanted to breath his last at home not abroad, about a month ago

By Author  |  Published: 29th Dec 2019  7:31 pmUpdated: 29th Dec 2019  8:20 pm

Jeddah: Friends and family members of a poor Telangana worker have been struggling to fulfill the wish of their beloved one, who has requested them to get him back home so that he could die there after prolonged illness and hospitalisation.

The NRI worker had pleaded before slipping into an unconscious state that he wanted to breath his last at home not abroad, about a month ago. Since then his poor family members and friends have been struggling to send him back to Telangana.

The 55-year old Mohammed Amjad, a native of Raikal mandal in Jagtial district, was working in menial jobs in a small town in central province of Saudi Arabia for the last 30 years. His employer has failed to renew his Iqama and he became an illegal resident in the country, according to his friends. On one hand he was facing tough and adverse situation in finding jobs and on the other his health started to fail.

A month ago, Amjad fell sick and was rushed to a hospital where he was diagnosed with multi complications, which require prolonged treatment. “He had pleaded with us to take him to Telangana where he wanted to get treatment or die”, said Mohammed Khadeer, who was with him when he was admitted in the hospital.

It is not easy for Amjad to leave the country and fly to Hyderabad like others, as he is facing a situation where his work permit had lapsed and he could not fly home. It’s a difficult task to get clearance for his exit from the Kingdom due to his illegal status, a result of non-renewal of Iqama, in which Amjad had no role to play. Even if he got a clearance somehow, he needs to be shifted to Riyadh, about 500 km away from there he could be flown to Hyderabad.

The family of this menial worker and his friends who are also laborers do not even know the travel cost, which is apparently beyond their ability to meet.

There is tiny Telangana expatriate community, mostly illiterates, that live in the village and work in desert and remote areas without any exposure to rest of the country. It is not easy for them to visit embassy in faraway neither they are aware of any procedures of approach for the help.


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