(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat -
Death is inevitable and agonising but if paperwork or other formalities delay funeral or burial it can be a harrowing experience for the family. An Indian NGO – Emigrants Welfare Forum (EWF) has been working relentlessly in this field to help Indian migrants from the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Over the last decade, the organisation has helped repatriate 450 bodies from the Gulf to Andhra Pradesh and the Telangana region. More than 100 dead bodies have been repatriated by the NGO from Oman alone.
EWF arranges ambulances to carry the body from the airport in Hyderabad to their native village. These involved traffic and site accidents, heart attacks and suicide cases of people around 40 years.
M Bheem Reddy, president, EWF spoke to Muscat Daily while he was on a visit to Oman. 'Recently we helped transport a body from Oman of a watchman who hanged himself. There are many processes that are involved in transporting a body from a foreign country. It includes paperwork with the state and government and of the foreign country where the death takes place. We help as much as possible,' said Reddy.
Reddy said that Telangana has the maximum number of migrants to the Gulf and most of the aid is undertaken through donations and membership fees.
'I have seen several sad stories and decided to help these people who are not aware of the legal aspect. We help them with legal aspect as well as issues related to the country and its rules and regulations. Often when there are matters of non-payment from sponsors we help facilitate agreements or sometimes also provide legal aid. We approach the embassy on their behalf. These workers are ignorant of the documents needed so we act as a mediator for them.'
Reddy was on a visit to Oman and Dubai for a research and location hunt for a documentary film that he and his team plans to shoot after six months. 'The film seeks to highlight the plight of emigrants and the challenges. We cannot always blame issues like exploitation. There are issues that are often ignored such as loneliness.'
M Bheem Reddy can be reached at +91-984942262.