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38 more return from Iraq

Star Online Report
In this undated file photo, workers are seen busy at a national housing programme project called Bismaya New City Project in Baghdad of Iraq.
In this undated file photo, workers are seen busy at a national housing programme project called Bismaya New City Project in Baghdad of Iraq.

Thirty eight more Bangladeshi workers returned home from Iraq today on 'security grounds' as the war-torn country is facing severe internal conflicts involving different forces. 

The workers landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka by a Qatar Airways flight around 6:00am.

“As there is no sign of ending the existing conflicts in Iraq soon, we have quit our jobs and returned home”, Sohel Rana, one of the returnees, told The Daily Star.

There is still fear of further instability as the Sunni rebels are fighting with the Iraqi government forces at different parts in the Arabian country, he added.

“Our company assured us of providing security but they could not convince us,” Rana, a resident of Madaripur said.

Around 4000 Bangladeshis, including the returnees, worked in Hanwha Engineering and Construction, a South Korean company, on a project named 'Bismaya New City Project' in South Baghdad.

Kazi Shah Newaz, another returnee, said they did not want to return as they were getting handsome salary. But they had to come back home due to troubled situation in Iraq, he added.

Some other Bangladeshis might return from their company, he added.

Maj Gen Rezanur Rahman Khan, Bangladesh ambassador in Baghdad, visited the company last Sunday and sat with the top management of the company.

“I have regular communications with the company management. They have pledged to protect our people,” he told The Daily Star.

Mentioning Hanwha Engineering and Construction as the largest employment provider for the Bangladeshis to Iraq, the ambassador said there should not have any negative campaign against the South Korean company.

Published: 3:26 pm Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Last modified: 10:01 pm Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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