Vittal, April 07, 2015: Jayaram (32) who was stranded in strife-torn Yemen has returned to his native in Kanyana in Bantwal taluk. To recap, after completing his nursing training, he was working in a hospital in Mangaluru. He left for Yemen to work as a male staff nurse in a hospital in Aden on February 24, 2014. Though he was assured of a job in Kuwait, he ended up in Yemen as the agent misled him. In the last year he has not been able to save due to various loans he has managed to pay back.
He has approached Health Minister U T Khader to help him out in getting a job. He returned to Mangaluru on April 3 from Mumbai by train. He said "From Aden, the authorities helped us to reach Djibouti in a ship. The streets in Aden have been converted into war zone and we could hear the air strikes very often. I haedlt got to sleep, " he said. Jayaram is the son of Annu Naik and Yamuna.
Awaiting rescue : Meanwhile, a nurse from Kasargod is stranded in Sana’a, the capital of the war-hit Yemen. She was able to get in touch with her family members and explained her situation. Jincy Kurian, who is working in the state-owned Al Tawara Modern Hospital, is the daughter of Puttupalli Kurian of Odeyanchalu in Kasargod. She had left for Yemen only 15 days ago after she landed a job there.
She informed her family members that among 600 employees in the hospital she is working in, 400 are from other countries and 150 are from Kerala alone. Though all of them are eager to return to their native place, they have been facing several obstacles.
The hospital authorities have reportedly rejected the plea by the nurse, to provide passport and pay her pending salary so that she can return to her hometown. However, they have agreed to provide with the same, if a demand is put forth by the Indian embassy.
No response : "But, there has been no favourable response from the embassy. The names of others would be considered only after 3,000 people who have registered first are sent back to India," she said.
Currently, Jincy and others are staying at a hostel. Sana’a is torn by war now. Though the intensity is not that much during the day, the city has been witnessing spine chilling war activities in the night, she told her family members. Kurian couple, who are hopeful of the safe return of their daughter, have also shared their anguish with the Kasargod Lok Sabha MP.