Concerns are growing over over 86 Indians stranded in Iraq with their families awaiting their return as fighting continues.
“We are struck here since February and there are in total 41 nurses inside the hospital. Shelling and bombing is going on outside the hospital, we are thankful to the Indian Embassy. We got Internet and phone call recharges today. We are in constant touch with the ambassador Ajay Kumar,” said one of the nurses.
“I don’t want to stay here. I want to come back to India. But the government is not helping us,” said the second nurse.
Most of the stranded Indians are nurses from Kerala. Their families are praying for their safe return. The Kerala Nurses Association has appealed to the State and Central governments to intervene and ensure emergency evacuation of the stranded nurses especially in Tirkit and Mosul.
Kerala Minister KC Joseph said that the state government is in constant touch with the Ministry of External Affairs. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin has said, “We are in touch with the International Red Cresent, who will be providing us with first hand information of the Indian citizens in Tikrit and other parts of Iraq. We are also in touch with the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, they too have extended their help.”