Three stranded Nepalis return home from Afghanistan
Feb 9, 2018-Three Nepalis, who were living under captive-like condition without valid stay permit in Afghanistan, have returned home on Thursday after nearly 30 months.
Govinda Paudel of Kaski, Hem Prasad Gurung and Min Bahadur Kshetri of Parvat had reached the war-torn country in 2015 through different agents on foreign employment. But after 10 months, their Kabul-based company refused to extend their visa and work permit, forcing them into hiding.
These undocumented Nepalis were forced into hiding since January 2016 as they could not pay overstay penalties and exit visa. Only after the Afghani government decided to waive off these fines, which amounted to nearly Rs 5 million, they managed to leave the country.
Paudel said he and Kshetri returned home by air, but Gurung would be returning overland via New Delhi, India, as he did not have means to buy an air ticket.
Published: 09-02-2018 08:22