Again, We Have Problem In Iraq

Nepal’s unemployment problem: At least 80 Nepalis are stranded in Kuwait for the last 10 months. They want us to rescue them. This incident reminds us of those horrific beheading of our folks in Iraq last year.

By Dinesh Wagle

So we again have a problem in Iraq or somewhere near that country. Some eighty Nepalis are reported to have stranded in Kuwait. They went there because their recruiting agency in Kathmandu promised them jobs in Iraq. Kantipur TV is reporting that some 80 people have sent a fax letter to Ministry of Labor requesting the government to help them get out of Kuwait. “We request the government to rescue us from here. Our Visa has expired and we have become illegal,” one man told the TV from Kuwait. “We have been stranded here for the last 10 months. We were brought here by a man power company called River Overseas. We can’t report this to police here because that would create further problems. Kuwetis can do anything to us.”
The man said that they were living under the vigil of a Philipino woman who was treating them as prisoners. They have stated in the letter faxed to the Ministry that they need Rs. 3 million to get out of Kuwait. A Nepali agent who took them there is at large for quite some time.

50 of the 80 people are ex-army and policemen and they were lured of $ 1, 350 per month. The man said that each of them paid from Rs. 172,000 to 200,00 to go to Iraq. The company took them to Kuwait via India. Rabi Puri of the River Overseas told Arjun Khadka and Deepak Bhattarai of the TV that he would investigate the matter. Rabindra Khanal, the minister of state at the Labor Minister replied the same. “We will decided after studying the letter,” the TV station quotes minister as saying.

Those horrific images of 12 Nepali nationals being slaughtered by terrorists in Iraq last year is still haunting us in Nepal. Riots broke up in Kathmandu and other parts of Nepal and who can forget those shocking destructions that we experienced on the fateful day of Bhadra 16, 2061 (Sept 2004). My God, Kathmandu was a battleground. Unruly rioters destroyed properties worth billions of rupees and what not. We nearly saw religious violence as fanatic and so called Hindus started targeting Muslims because they thought all Muslims around the world were terrorists like those Iraqi killers. We thought our government banned sending people in Iraq for jobs of any kind. But it seems money minded people never gave attention to that ban.

Also, people desperate because of disappointing situation in home always thought of this: Do or Die. For them, going Iraq was the one best option available. I have heard so many people in Kathmandu uttering these disappointing lines: yaha base pani yestai dukha ho, baru uta jane, bache kamainchha. (Its same plight and suffering here. So its better I go there in Iraq. I will earn money if I could survive). But that doesn’t mean we should ignore those 80 “foolish” folks stranded in Kuwat for the last 10 months.

6 Responses to “Again, We Have Problem In Iraq”

1. Sunayana Says:
December 19th, 2005 at 12:42 pm
My sympathy to those 80 people who are stranded in Kuwait. First of all, they shouldn’t have gone there. Yes, I know the problem they are facing here in Nepal but I am sure there are many other safe places in the world for employment. But I also want to ask what the hell this royal government was doing when agencies like River Overseas were taking that many people illegally to banned places? Take responsibility and rescue them immediately. We can’t see anymore casualties.

2. concerned Says:
December 19th, 2005 at 2:23 pm
oversees employment should be handed by the government and it should be responsible for the correct handling,
But in Nepal, such opportunities are corrupted into a buisiness and both government and agents are trading in human beeings.

3. krishna Says:
December 19th, 2005 at 2:29 pm
Who cares about poor neplese people?
KG is only concerned about holding power in his hands…
Political parties are also interested in power mainly…
maoists are using same poor people to fight against other poor people… there has been no high profile target by the maoists…
People are on their own… each week many neplese die in these overseas markets… 10% of them due to suicide out of frustration… again who cares??

4. Worker solidarity long live Says:
December 19th, 2005 at 3:35 pm
Again and again such writings will be written, again and again there is eruption of anger because of some obvious deaths, again and again there is silence over the death/illness/troubles of so many Nepalis abroad. It seems they are the foresaken children of god. The manpower agencies are owned by the mighty and powerful. This is slave trade in which the slave pays for his passage and his enslavement.
For how long more? Who is responsible?

5. Jamie B Says:
January 17th, 2006 at 8:14 pm
Does any know anything more about this Philipino woman? What is the name – as in the legal entity trading in Kuiwait- of the company she represents / works for. If anyone can provide me with this information i would be most grateful and would be willing to share some of the info I already have on the company.
A. Journalist

6. Strong Naaku Says:
January 18th, 2006 at 4:14 pm
Jamie B,
maybe someone will inform you if someone gets filipino woman there. It might be horrible if she were there.

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