Thirty Bangladeshis, who were suffering in inhuman condition in an under-construction hospital building in the restive Tikrit city of Iraq, have returned home finally.
A flight of Air Arabia carrying the workers landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka around 8:15pm, said Zahid Anwar, assistant director of Wage Earners Welfare Board of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry.
The foreign ministry this evening in a press release said: “Under the direct supervision of the foreign ministry, Bangladesh embassy in Iraq coordinated the repatriation of these Bangladeshi workers including arranging food and shelter, and passage to Bangladesh.”
Maj Gen Rezanur Rahman Khan, Bangladesh ambassador in Baghdad, told The Daily Star by phone that the returnees were sent back home through the Irbil airport in Iraq.
The Bangladeshis--10 from Habiganj, nine from Brahmanbaria, six from Jamalpur, and four from Faridpur--were employed in Tatawier M Islam Trading and Contracting company in Tikrit since March last year.
Earlier, Sheikh Sahaur Rahman Belal, a resident of Habiganj told The Daily Star that they had been staying in the hospital building since June 11.
The Sunni rebels captured the Tikrit city in the first phase of the ongoing conflicts with the Iraqi government forces. So, the Bangladeshis couldn’t go outside from there, said Rezanur Rahman.