Waiting in agony and love

A sexagenarian was standing at the security barrier outside the arrival lounge at Hazrat Shahjajal International Airport on Thursday. Whenever any man came out from inside, his eyes was darting towards his face and then his face was breaking into a mask of disappointment, anxiety, fear, and extreme tiredness.
He is Kazi Fazlu, a dealer in sand of Gazipur, who has been waiting from February 28 for his only child Saiful Islam to arrive from Libya.
‘Since that day, I have been coming here every day in the morning and leaving for home at midnight,’ Fazlu said.
There were hundreds of others, men, women and children, waiting with thumping hearts for their near and dear ones stranded in Libya and at its borders with Egypt, Tunisia, and Niger. Most of them know nothing about the present whereabouts of their relatives, as only a few of them have received any message from or news about them from Libya since civil unrest turned into a violent popular uprising in the North African country.
At least 196 Bangladeshi nationals have returned home by five flights since Wednesday midnight till 7:00pm on Thursday from Libya via Egypt, Tunisia, and Italy, officials at the expatriates’ welfare desk at the airport said.
Family members of Bangladeshi expatriates in Libya have thronged the airport and been badgering the flight-information centre officials into near insanity about arrival of flights carrying Bangladeshis from Libya.
Like Kazi Fazlu of Gazipur, Atiar Rahman, a 50-year-old shopkeeper of Jenaidah, and his wife were scanning the exit of the arrival lounge for the miracle to happen – of getting back their son Emran Hossain, who had gone to Libya about 18 months back.
Asked how long they would stay there, Emran’s mother Shirin Akhter Shreya, crying with her eyes covered by her scarf, said she would not leave the airport until she met her child.
Shirin, who was praying sitting on the floor, did not trust her husband and asked the people around her time to time about the situation in Libya and its bordering countries.
Some of the people, however, were finally rewarded with the news that their days of waiting were coming to an end. The arrival of one of the two chartered flights scheduled for Thursday afternoon was deferred to Friday morning and the other was yet to be confirmed, the spokesman of International Organisation for Migration said.
The IOM said it had expedited the evacuation programme for migrants stranded at the Libyan borders with Egypt and Tunisia without food or shelter in a freezing weather, as well as for those escaping to Niger. Several thousand Bangladeshi migrants have also been evacuated from Libya to countries like Turkey, Malta, and Greece, an IOM release said.
Some 1,632 Bangladeshi nationals have been repatriated till Thursday evening, according to the foreign ministry.
Of them, 247 could make it to home with the help of their employers and 1,483 were evacuated by the government in collaboration with the IOM.

 

Courtesy of New Age

Related News

Pori Moni tells court she was “sexually harassed” at Uttara Boat Club

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Today, Pori Moni told a Dhaka tribunal about being sexually harassed by Dhaka’s Uttara Boat Club Limited’s former president Nasir U Mahmud, his assistant Tuhin Siddiqui Omi, and others in June of last year. Pori Moni said this while giving her depositions against Nasir, Omi and their associate Shah Shahidul Alam ... Read more

87.44% student pass SSC, equivalent examinations

2,69,602 get GPA 5 News Desk : dhakamirror.com The results of this year’s Secondary School Certificate and its equivalent examinations were published on Monday. The combined pass rate of SSC examination of all the education boards across Bangladesh and equivalent examinations in 2022 is 87.44 per cent. The rate was 93.58 per cent in 2021. ... Read more

Two New ticket counters in Kolkata for India-Bangladesh travelers

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Due to the high volume of people traveling between India and Bangladesh, the Indian Railways have erected two more ticket booths at Kolkata station. The demand for train tickets has increased dramatically since the drop of Covid-19 infections, reports The Daily Star quoted an Indian railway official as saying . The ... Read more

Two new divisions are planned

They’ll include Faridpur and Cumilla regions. News Desk : dhakamirror.com Padma and Meghna will be two new divisions created by the government, each containing districts from the existing Faridpur and Cumilla areas. A Cabinet Division official has stated that the topic will be discussed at this Sunday’s meeting of the National Implementation Committee for Administrative ... Read more

Argentine fan dies in Cumilla during the match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia

News Desk : dhakamirror.com On Tuesday evening in Burichong upazila, Cumilla, an argentine fan died after experiencing chest pains while watching the FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia. The dead, 50-year-old Kawsar Javed alias Kakon, son of the late Abdul Khaleque of the Shikarpur village in the Shikarpur upazila, collapsed with chest ... Read more

World Children’s Day: Unicef report exposes vast inequalities

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Today, as it does every year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) is celebrating World Children’s Day in an effort to give children a voice in advocating for a better tomorrow and a more equitable and inclusive world. This year, the day will focus on the theme of “Inclusion, For Every ... Read more

NRSC turned down proposal to ban bikes on highways

Plan to reduce road accidents by 25% in 2 years is approved News Desk : dhakamirror.com In order to reduce traffic fatalities by a quarter by 2024 and by half by 2030, the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) approved the National Road Safety Strategic Action Plan (2020-24). At its 29th meeting held yesterday in the ... Read more

Ban on bikes on highways, action plan to be discussed at NRSC meeting

News Desk : dhakamirror.com After a gap of 21 months, the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), the highest government body dealing with road safety issues, will convene tomorrow. The National Road Safety Strategic Action Plan-2021-2024, the prohibition of motorcycles on busy highways, and the refusal to register vehicles that have been deemed abandoned are the ... Read more

Joypurhat train accident claims life of KUET student

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Early on Friday, a student from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology was killed when he was pinned between the train’s wheels at the Joypurhat Railway Station in the city’s district. He was a 23-year-old third-year student in the Leather Engineering Department at the KUET and the son of Shahriar Rais ... Read more

Fishermen are allowed to fish again after 22-day ban

A 22-day fishing ban on Hilsa, imposed to protect the fish during its peak breeding season has ended News Desk : dhakamirror.com The government lifted a 22-day ban on catching, selling, and transporting Hilsa on Friday. This meant that Hilsa could be caught, sold, and moved again on Saturday. When different kinds of fish caught ... Read more

30% of Bangladeshis face food scarcity

World Bank survey on Bangladesh’s Covid effect News Desk : dhakamirror.com A World Bank report finds 30 percent of Bangladeshis are enduring food scarcity despite the country’s economic recovery from pandemic-induced disruptions. The percentage of persons who went to sleep hungry virtually doubled from 7 percent in June last year to 13 percent in May ... Read more

Ctg and Cox’s Bazar airports will be closed for 21 hours

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Due to the adverse weather caused by Cyclone Sitrang, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar airports will be closed for 21 hours, from 3 p.m. today until 12 p.m. tomorrow. Both Wing Commander Farhad H. Khan, director of Chattogram Airport, and Joydev Kumar Biswas, aerodrome officer at Cox’s Bazar Airport, confirmed this to ... Read more

Concern as vehicle fitness clearance hits a seven-year low

News Desk : dhakamirror.com While vehicle registrations increased significantly in the previous fiscal year, the number of fitness certifications decreased to a seven-year low, creating more concerns about road safety. At least 5.42 lakh registered vehicles have been functioning on the roads without the required fitness approval, owing to insufficient monitoring by authorities. The decision ... Read more

Shafiqul Islam, DMP commissioner to retire Oct 30

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Shafiqul Islam is retiring on October 30. A gazette notification in this regard was issued by the Home Ministry’s Public Security Division on Wednesday. Deputy Secretary Dhananjay Kumar Das signed the notification on the orders of the President. The announcement states that retired Commissioner of Police ... Read more

Among 20 most unsustainable cities, Dhaka comes in at number four

News Desk : dhakamirror.com According to a global research released on Wednesday, Dhaka is ranked fourth among the 20 unsustainable megacities in the world. Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa, Dhaka, Baghdad, Lahore, Kolkata, and New Delhi are all expected to have rapid population increase of over 50% by 2050, according to the Ecological Threat Report (ETR) 2022. ... Read more

PBI submits final report in Mosarat murder case

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Police Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday submitted its final report in the case of killing college student Mosarat Jahan Munia giving clean chit to Bashundhara Group managing director Sayem Sobhan Anvir who was named as the prime accused. Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner for prosecution Jashim Uddin said that they ... Read more

HSC, equivalent exams to begin November 6

Coaching centres to remain closed between Nov 3 and Dec 14 News Desk : dhakamirror.com The government will hold the Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations for 2022 across Bangladesh from November 6. A total of 12,03,407 examinees are expected to sit for the examinations across the country. The number of examinees is less by ... Read more

65,000 passports pending data correction

Muktadir Rashid More than 65,000 applications for electronic passports and machine-readable passports remained pending with the Immigration and Passport Department for ‘basic check clearance’ due to mismatched data with national identification numbers or other basic information, causing suffering to applicants. Only 10 personnel, according to the Immigration and Passport Department, are presently working to resolve ... Read more

3 Bangladeshi people from same family killed in a horror car crash in Australia

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Three Bangladeshi people from the same family, visiting Australia, were killed in a car crash in Canberra on Sunday, reported The Daily Mail. A red Toyota hatchback crashed with a white Toyota van at a notorious black spot on Canberra’s western suburbs, forcing emergency personnel to cut the vehicle into parts ... Read more

Bandarban now prohibits tourists in two upazilas for safety issue

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Ruma and Rowangchhari upazilas have been placed under a temporary tourist ban until further notice, by the Bandarban district administration, reports UNB, citing Deputy Commissioner Yasmin Parvin Tibrizi. Effective from Tuesday, 18 October, the administration said the decision was made for the overall safety of tourists. Md Mamun Shibli and ... Read more