Five bodies of female migrants in Lebanon morgues without detailed info

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:47, Jan 11,2017

 
 

At least five bodies of Bangladeshi female migrant workers remained preserved in Lebanon hospital morgues for many days without having detailed information about them, according to Bangladesh embassy in Lebanon.
After death of those migrant workers, their passports, legal documents and information regarding the addresses in Bangladesh could not be found. The Bangladesh mission has informed the matter to expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry in a letter.
According police report in Lebanon, one female migrant was killed in car accident while three died of cardiac arrest and one committed suicide.
The deceased migrants were from Bangladesh, diplomatic sources said, quoting local Bangladeshi community.
One of the deceased was identified as Lucky Begum, daughter of Fozlul Haque, who died in a car accident in 2014.
Akhi Aziz died of cardiac arrest on March 17, 2016. Helena Begum, daughter of Taj Uddin and Rabia Begum died of cardiac arrest on May 19, 2016, Sheuli Begum, daughter of Mohammad died of cardiac arrest on May 20, 2016. Shila Akter, daughter of Sorhab Ali committed suicide on August 1, 2016.
‘Now the mission is seeking decisions of the ministry within January 15, 2017,’ said a letter signed by first secretary and chief of the mission Sayem Ahmed.
The Lebanon authorities were reluctant to preserve the bodies for long time and they requested Bangladesh mission to send bodies back home within January 30, 2017.
Otherwise the Lebanon authorities would bury them in the country, said the letter.
Bangladesh mission could not trace addresses of those migrant workers by discussing with Bangladesh communities in Lebanon and launching campaigns through social media.
When asked, Wage Earners’ Welfare Board assistant director Zahid Anwar told New Age on Tuesday that they have received the letter from Bangladesh mission in Lebanon.
Instructions were already sent to all deputy commissioners and Upazila Nirbahi Officers to ask local representatives to help finding identity of the deceased migrants, he said.
After getting the feedbacks, a decision will be sent to Bangladesh mission soon, he said.

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