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Detached from Family for 6 Yrs

Noor Nahar finally returns home

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Noor Nahar finally returns home

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She went to Saudi Arabia as a domestic help leaving behind her mentally unstable and unemployed husband and only daughter in the hope of making a fortune. However, all her dreams got shattered upon reaching the Middle East country as she was forcefully detached from her family back home.

She was not allowed to make any contact with her family -- not for days or months but for years. And in the process, she also lost her mental balance.

However, Noor Nahar, a resident of Rangunia upazila of Chattogram district, has finally returned home after long six years thanks to the efforts of the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh.

With the help of the embassy, over Tk 19 lakh was also realised from her employer, a Saudi citizen, as salary for the six years, according to a press release issued by Bangladesh mission on Tuesday.

Noor Nahar’s father Abul Kalam and other family members are overflowing with joy after getting her back.

Noor Nahar went to Saudi Arabia as a domestic help in 2016. Since she reached the Middle East country, her all contact with the family was cut off. As six long years passed, her family somehow gave up the hope of getting her back.

On the other hand, Noor Nahar also lost her mental balance for not being able to contact the family for long.

When the matter came to the notice of Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh, Noor Nahar was rescued from Hotat Bani Tamim area of the Saudi capital and sheltered in a safe home where she was treated well.

Due to the mental imbalance, she could not tell her address in Bangladesh. In this situation, with the help of the Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Rangunia, the labour welfare wing of the embassy established contact with her family by sending the address and photograph mentioned in the passport.

Her father Abul Kalam said Noor Nahar did not send any money to the country for six long years.

Later, Noor Nahar’s Saudi employer was traced by the embassy’s labour welfare wing. As a result of their continued efforts, it was possible to realise a total of Saudi riyals 68,017, equivalent to Tk 1,936,648.

With the help of the Sonali Bank representative of the Bangladesh Embassy, an account was opened in her name at the bank. All her dues were deposited in the account. Noor Nahar received her dues in Bangladesh on Monday.

Getting back Noor Nahar after six long years and receiving her hard-earned money, her father Abul Kalam burst into tears of joy.

He thanked Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary, ambassador of Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia, and all the embassy officials.