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Plight of Bangladeshi workers in Iraq

Plight of Bangladeshi workers in Iraq

Urgent steps to rescue them imperative

Evidently, these Bangladeshis undergoing such untold sufferings in a country that has been engulfed in a bloody civil war for more than a decade only points to their desperation for jobs. But the said recruiting agency took unfair advantage of their situation to throw them to the wolves. Fearful that they may even be trafficked elsewhere, these endangered Bangladeshis are seeking urgent government's intervention to rescue them from their hopeless situation.     

It is sad to note that officials at the Bangladesh embassy in Baghdad were not reportedly instantly available on the phone to provide information know on these hapless Bangladeshis in Najaf. This is an unwarranted lapse on their part at a moment when some of their compatriots are in such a desperate need for sympathy and succor to escape their present predicament.

The government must sort out the issue diplomatically with the government in Baghdad to rescue these Bangladeshis. At the same, it should take immediate steps to hold the errant manpower recruiting agency to account.

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