DT: The generosity and help of DT readers have enabled a broken and struggling man to return home with dignity after nearly 20 years.
DT had in April reported the ordeal of Nimmala Ramulu, a 40-year-old Indian who had come to Bahrain as a construction worker to earn money for his family.
Dreams of earning more lured him into running away from his job to seek greener pastures.
Initially, he earned a better wage than the one his legal employer paid him. But as stringent labour reforms took place in the Kingdom, the people who employed him illegally started becoming scarce. Some even took advantage of his illegal status and did not pay after making him work for them.
Mr Ramulu, in a span of 18 years, was reduced to begging and collecting aluminium cans to eke out a living.
DT had reported his ordeal along with two photographs of Mr. Ramulu – a photo of his when he arrived in the Kingdom and another that showed his tattered self almost two decades later.
Following the report, offers of help had poured in from DT readers.
This also included the Kingdom’s National Carrier Gulf Air, which provided Mr Ramulu a free ticket to Hyderabad.
A social worker and member of Migrant Workers Protection Society (MWPS) Clifford Correia, volunteered to help process the documentation that would allow Mr Ramulu leave for home via an outpass provided by the Indian Embassy.
Mr Ramulu’s home is in a village in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. His family includes his wife and three children – two sons and a daughter. After nearly two decades he was reunited with them on Monday.
His son Prasad Ramulu, now aged 25 greeted the father at the airport in India. Mr Ramulu in a call to Mr Correia thanked him and all those who helped him get home in a dignified manner.
Mr Correia told DT that help from officials from the General Directorate for Nationality, Passport and Residence (GDNPR) also helped him in sending Mr Ramulu home.
Captain Talal Nabeel Taqi and Hassan Mansoor of the GDNPR helped a lot by guiding and getting the paperwork for Mr Ramulu cleared, he said.
Shifa Al Jazira Clinic had also provided free medical care to Mr Ramulu when he sustained an injury in his leg while scavenging for cans, recently. Another generous company Geepas provided a mobile phone to him at the time of departure.