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Sunday , January 17 2021

Enable expats unable to fend for themselves to leave for home countries

“In the context of the efforts of the Kuwaiti government to contain the pandemic of the coronavirus, measures were taken to quarantine some areas that were classified as infested,” columnist and attorney Riyadh Al- Sanea’a wrote for Annahar daily.

Riyadh Al- Sanea’a

“Mahboula, Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Farwaniya were locked down, where such type of crisis showed another crisis of different type, or rather the human tragedy with the marginal and unqualified workers as the women in particular the ‘heroes’ of this crisis.

“Those who followed the snaking queues waiting for help from charity committees for hours, realize the extent of the crisis these people live in, especially women among them, as we do not really know where they came from in such large numbers, are they people reported absconding by their sponsors or cleaning workers working for some beauty parlors or private companies?

“The large numbers revealed by the crisis in the isolated areas, necessitate immediate action by inquiring if they are legal residents and the Ministry of Interior will be in a position to exploit the current circumstances and cooperate with the charity committees to monitor those who reside illegally in the country and deport them.

“I think such action will be for the benefit of these workers, particularly in light of the pictures that have been published by the news channels and the newspapers which depict famine like situations tinted with starvation.

“This is despite government efforts, but many of these workers are still jobless and some of them currently suffering from suffocating psychological diseases, since we hear on daily basis about the Asians committing suicide.

“The difficult living conditions, the stoppage of various productive sectors, and the regional embargo are all factors that contributed to the aggravation of that labor crisis.

“Therefore, what is needed is an immediate move in order to enable the violators and those who want them to return to their countries from that, and I am sure that those who wish to return are the vast majority, so everyone has been affected by the consequences of the pandemic.

“The simple humanitarian solutions in distributing supplies for free will not suffice in the long run, so the only practical solution is to enable them to return to their home countries. It is a humanitarian solution that must be applied in the country of humanity.”

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