148 workers, 7 bodies return from Libya

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:46, Feb 24,2021 | Updated: 23:57, Feb 24,2021


Some 148 Bangladeshi migrant workers and seven bodies stranded in Libya return to Bangladesh on Wednesday. — New Age Photo

A total of 148 stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers and seven bodies of migrants were bought back home from war-torn Libya on Wednesday in cooperation with the International Organisation for Migration.

Bangladesh embassy labour councillor Gazi Md Asaduzzaman Kabir in Libya said that the seven people had died in the past six months from different causes in Benghazi.

He said that 151 migrants who got stranded due to different reasons, many of whom had been undocumented for years, were scheduled to return to Bangladesh, but three couldn’t fly as they were detected coronavirus positive.

‘All the 148 people remained stranded for 10-15 years in Libya,’ he said.

BRAC migration programme head Shariful Islam said that a special flight carried the bodies and migrants to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 9:00am.

On completion of formalities, they were sent to their home with transport support after providing food and counselling, he said.

Wage Earners Welfare Board assistant director Fakhrul Alam who works at the welfare desk at the Dhaka airport, said that 10 migrants were sent back issuing out pass.

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