Jeddah: In a cruel twist of fate, a Telugu woman died recently while she was waiting to fly out to go back home to see her family after nearly two decades. The woman came to Kuwait after death of her husband, to make some money so that she could pay dowry for her daughters and she had not even travelled once to India and worked in the oil rich tiny nation as an illegal person.
The woman Kanuri Kanaka Durga (53) hailed from West Godavari in Andhra Pradesh. She was a widow and mother of three girls and was poverty-stricken. She came to Kuwait to try her luck as a domestic help and her sole aim was to save money so that she could marry off her daughters by paying some dowry, when they grow up.
Like many others, Kanaka Durga remained in Kuwait despite having her residency documents expiring. She fulfilled her dream of marrying off her daughters, without attending any of the weddings, as her visa got expired. Her daughters, who hardly remember their mother’s face, as she left when they were very young, asked their mother to return home.
Amid the increasing number of novel coronavirus cases among foreign workers in the country, Kuwait has announced an amnesty scheme to facilitate the illegally staying foreigners return home without any punitive measures. She obtained her ‘outpass’ from Indian embassy and enrolled with Kuwait authorities to return to India and she was at shelter house waiting for flight to India. But she fell ill suddenly and complained of chest pain and was rushed to a hospital where she died due to heart attack, said sources.
Unlike other gulf nations, some thousands of illegally staying Indians including a significant number of Telugu women availed the amnesty scheme to return home. Yet they remain stranded in Kuwait as India is not allowing to operate special flights by Kuwait. Kanaka Durga’s body is kept in Kuwait and is waiting to be sent back home.
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