by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Some 160 of Bangladeshi nationals stranded in the trouble-torn African nation of Libya have returned home by a special flight operated amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
The migrant workers had been trapped in the Libya’s different eastern districts including the second largest city of Benghazi for long time because of the global pandemic of novel coronavirus coupled with the political unrest that gripped the African nation for quite a long time.
A chartered flight arranged by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) landed at Dhaka airport carrying the workers in the morning, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The body of a migrant, who died in Libya, was also brought back home by the flight, it added.
On arrival, the migrant workers were tested for the Covid-19 and sent for quarantine in line with the health guidelines imposed by the government to slow the spread of the virus.
All the workers returned home voluntarily, the ministry said adding nine of them are sick and seven have contacted hepatitis B virus. Many of the returnees had been engaged in different trades in in Libya for long time.
But political instability and surge in the novel coronavirus have reduced the chances for Bangladeshi workers to earn much in the African country forcing them to take a decision to return home, the foreign ministry said.
The IOM has been operating special flights to facilitate return of the Bangladeshi migrants stranded in Libya. The UN organization helped return of 1,379 Bangladeshi nationals since the pandemic began in early 2020. newsnextbd.com/n