11 Nepalis arrive from Iraq

Doha (Qatar)
11 Nepalis arrive from Iraq

Jul 18, 2014-

After being stranded in war-torn Iraq for two months, 11 Nepali migrants landed in Kathmandu on Friday night from a Fly Dubai flight.

They were rescued from Kirkuk and Kurdistan by the Nepali government. The migrant workers have been identified as Mohan Kumar Basnet of Morang, Pres Giri of Khotang, Top Bahadur Basnet of Dang, Santosh Lamichhane of Kaski, Jit Bahadur Tamang of Okhaldhunga, Prakash Bishwokarma of Chitwan, Dhan Bahadur BK of Rukum, Bishnu Basnet of Ramechhap, Indra Kumar Limbu and Subash Madi of Dhankuta and Anil Chaudhary of Dang.

Seven of them had fled to Kirkuk and Kurdistan after being caught in Tikrit in a war between Iraqi security forces and Islamist militia while the four were dropped in Kirkuk by the militants after holding them hostage for four days in their bid to flee to Sulaymaniyah.

“We finally were able to rescue the trapped Nepalis with persistent efforts,” Tirtharaj Aryal, deputy chief of mission at Nepali Embassy in Pakistan, which also looks after Iraq affairs, told the Post over the phone. Aryal reached Kurdistan on Sunday and was aided by the Non-resident Nepali Association in Iraq in evacuating them. “I feel I’ve got a new life. We had lost hopes of being rescued and reunited with our family,” said Pres.

Published: 19-07-2014 09:08

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