Two Migrant Workers Of Odisha Stranded In Congo Seek Help For Return

Bhubaneswar: Two migrant labourers from Ganjam district stranded in Congo region of Africa have sought administration’s help for early repatriation to India.

The stranded labourers have been identified as Shibaram Sahu of Gudianali Anantpalli Sahi and another youth from Khallikote area in the district who had gone to work in a private company in Congo four months ago.

As per reports, the two youths have shared a video on social media alleging torture by the employer. In the video, the youths alleged that they have been forced to stay under house arrest as the employer has taken away their visa and passports.

“We are unable to get our passports as the company has taken away the documents. The Indian government is also yet to provide any help to us. We urge them to take steps for our repatriation,” said Shibaram in the video.

Shibaram’s father, Alekha Sahu informed that the outbreak of Ebola and death of some workers in Congo forced the company to send back some of its staff. However, the two Odia youths including his son were not allowed to leave Congo and kept on house arrest.

“My son had signed a two year agreement and paid Rs 1.25 lakh to get the work permit in the Congo. Though some workers were released, my son and another Odia youth are stranded in Congo. I request the administration to help them return at the earliest, said Sibaram’s father.