Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Libya sends back 200 workers

Says visas fake; manpower office rejects it  The Libyan authorities have deported around 200 Bangladeshi job seekers in the last few days, saying their work visas were fake, but the manpower bureau in Dhaka has rejected the allegation. The deportation starting from May 22 to 26 prompted the authorities in Dhaka not to allow the job seekers ... Read more

Fraud alert from Libya

Govt urged to ensure proper screening as manpower cheats get active   Bangladesh embassy in Libya has asked for stringent government measures so that illegal manpower syndicates cannot send jobseekers to that country. The embassy sought such steps as it learnt that illegal syndicates have become active to send Bangladeshi workers to Egypt and Sudan ... Read more

Rebels siege Gaddafi’s compound

His ‘arrested’ son seen in Tripoli Rebels overran Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli Tuesday, raising their flag and ripping the head off his statue as they celebrated a symbolic, if not yet real, end to the strongman’s iron-fisted 42-year rule. The streets of Tripoli erupted into celebratory gunfire when news spread that the insurgents had ... Read more

More join camp

On Tunisia-Libya border More join camp Morshed Ali Khan writes from the spot where thousands of Bangladeshi workers have taken shelter after fleeing the Libyan upheaval The government’s promise to take all stranded Bangladeshis home in three days from the Choucha camp appears a far cry with more displaced people arriving here from Libya and ... Read more

Deceived in the desert

Bangladeshi fortune-seekers helpless in north Africa “I came to Libya eleven months ago in a group of 15. At the airport, two men of the agency that organised my work permit and visa in Dhaka took all our passports as soon as we came out of the immigration. We then boarded a bus. In the ... Read more

Home beckons, holds no hope

On Tunisia-Libya Border Home beckons, holds no hope Bangladeshi fortune-seekers tell of manpower touts, survival struggle at border camp “Human trafficking!” exclaimed an IOM official shocked to his very core, “These are Bangladeshi migrant workers in Libya fleeing Gaddafi’s atrocity. How can they be victims of human trafficking?” The official’s seemingly reasonable reaction was triggered ... Read more

FM faces agitating stranded Bangladeshis

Foreign minister Dipu Moni faced agitating Bangladesh nationals stranded at border points between Libya and Egypt for delay in relocating them from politically volatile and strife-torn Libya on Sunday, according to diplomatic sources. They criticized the government for its lukewarm attitude in repatriating people stranded in

Bodies of four evacuees reach Dhaka

The bodies of four Bangladeshi expatriates, three of whom had died while being evacuated from the strife-torn Libya, arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on late Wednesday and Thursday night, airport officials said. The bodies of three evacuees, who had drowned in the Mediterranean as they jumped off the

No plan yet to evacuate Bangladeshis still in Libya: foreign secy

The government is yet to take a plan for the evacuating Bangladeshis still in Libya where the situation is getting bad to worse by the day with the rebels seeking change fighting fiercely against the supporters of the 42-year old ruling regime. ‘We still have no evacuation plan to bring back all the Bangladesh citizens ... Read more

Biman to fly in evacuees

Libya returnees demand compensation Biman Bangladesh is going to fly home the Bangladeshis stranded at Egypt borders with Libya. “From March 13, Biman will operate five flights a week till the repatriation finishes,” Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader yesterday told The Daily Star over the phone. The flights will pick the Bangladeshis from ... Read more

Over 7,000 to come home in 5 days

Bangladeshis Fled From Libya Over 7,000 to come home in 5 days More than 7,000 Bangladeshis, who fled to Egypt and Tunisia to escape the deadly conflict in Libya, will come home in the next five days. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is facilitating the repatriation in 24 charter flights. Briefing the reporters, Foreign ... Read more

3 Bangladeshis fleeing Libya drown in Greek waters

47 jump ship, 14 missing, 3,994 return home Three Bangladesh nationals evacuated from Libya drowned in Greek waters on Saturday night while trying to swim to shore from a ship moored at Hania Port of Crete Island, according to the foreign ministry. ‘After berthing at Hania Port, some 47 jumped ship and three of them ... Read more

Trapped Bangladeshis: Two die after crossing border

Govt urges IOM for more flights Two Bangladeshis died on Friday of heart attack in Tunisia and Egypt where they had taken shelter from the violence in Libya. Of the two, Selim Chowdhury of Noakhali sadar breathed his last in Tunisia and Jahangir Afrad of Narsingdi in Egypt, Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes said briefing journalists ... Read more

Over 24,000 Bangladeshis move to safety

Await evacuation from Libya About half of the Bangladesh nationals stranded in trouble-torn Libya are in the process of evacuation on security grounds, foreign minister Dipu Moni said Friday. ‘Those who want to stay back in Libya in general and in Tripoli in particular, should be careful about their security,’ she said, adding, ‘It might ... Read more

Border wait gets longer

When thousands of Bangladeshis are crowding the Tunisian and Egyptian borders to escape the Libyan conflict, and international agencies are struggling for evacuation, the Bangladesh government is still “assessing its capacity” to bring the Bangladeshis home. Ever since the violent conflict began in mid-February in the North African country to oust  its

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 ... Read more

8,000 out on Libya borders

348 arrive on IOM-arranged flight, 36 others fly in on their own Around 8,000 Bangladeshis who could get evacuated troubled Libya are now languishing at the Egyptian and Tunisian borders with little food and water coupled with extreme night chill, only to get back home. The aggrieved evacuees said the Bangladesh government has not done ... Read more

Survived, they tell of horrors

He was hungry and tired. Still, he refused the lunch provided by government officials at the airport yesterday. “When I survived without rice for over the last two weeks, I will not die to reach home,” said Sajeeb, who arrived at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport from Libya yesterday