An expatriate who was stranded in Bahrain for over 24 years will reunite with family in Kerala. Babu Narayanan first arrived in Bahrain in 1990 and has been unable to travel to his native place due to the loss of all his documents. Owing to the difficulty of proving his identity, the Indian national has been stranded in Bahrain since 1995.
The 60-year-old lost memory of his passport details and other official documents owing to an accident where he fell from a building in Juffair. Later, he was admitted to the Salmaniya Medical Complex after suffering from a cardiac arrest. He has been imprisoned in jail ever since as there was no proof of his identity.
World NRI Council Director for Humanitarian Aid GCC Region Sudheer Thirunilath said “ After much effort, I was able to track down engineer Thomas in India who used to work in Babu’s former company in Bahrain. Along with his help, we were able to find Babu’s working period with the help of immigration authorities. Checking the old systems led to finding Babu’s document details”.
The Indian Embassy in Bahrain issued an outpass and ticket for him to return to Kerala. Babu who hails from Kollam district, Kerala took an Air India Express flight to Kochi in the afternoon. The Indian Community Relief Fund has provided him with petty cash. He extended his gratitude to the Embassy of India, ICRF, Immigration authorities and also all those who helped
This is not the first time that the World NRI Council has intervened to help stranded expatriates in Bahrain return home. Earlier this month, Mr Sudheer helped repatriate 80-year-old Nalarajan after the man incurred financial losses in his business. The Indian expatriate community in Bahrain has been vociferously working and been at the forefront of numerous philanthropic initiatives.