19 JUNE 2014 Kathmandu – Despite the ban on working in Iraq by the Nepalese Government, more than 35,000 Nepalese migrant workers are working in War-torn Iraq whereas no Nepalese mission are available.
According to the news sources in Gulf countries and some Nepalese organizations working inside Iraq, 16 Nepalese who were working in a construction company along with other workers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Turkmenistan are abducted while they were returning from their work and taken hostage in an unknown destination. No formal inquiry has been made and no one to confirm the Names of the person who has been missing.
While contacting the Foreign Ministry for the situation about the abducted Nepalese in Iraq, Ministry has said its mission in Islamabad is looking into reports that some Nepalis were among 60 foreign workers abducted by Islamic militants in Iraq.
Associated Press, citing a Turkish private news agency, reported on Wednesday that militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized the group near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, where they were building a hospital. It said 15 of the abducted workers are Turkish nationals, with other hostages from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Turkmenistan. The agency based its report on an unnamed worker who was reportedly freed by the militants.
The Foreign Ministry could not immediately confirm the report but said its embassy in Pakistan, which also looks after the Iraq affairs, was investigating.
An estimated 20,000 Nepalis work in Iraq, mostly in areas unaffected by the fighting between Isil and the Iraqi national army.
Meanwhile, another news report from New Delhi said that 40 Indian construction workers had been kidnapped in Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul, which fell to Sunni insurgents last week.
Isil fighters, who aim to establish a Muslim caliphate across the Iraqi-Syrian frontier, launched their revolt by seizing Mosul and have since swept through the Tigris valley towards Baghdad.
Manpower supplying companies and its agents are luring those innocent Nepalese migrant workers who are in seeking of a better job abroad, are flying to the nearby countries such as Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Oman and even to Egypt and later traveled by land or flying into Iraq illegally in search of better payment even their lives are in danger.
It was back in the year 2004, 12 Nepalese workers were abducted and killed in Iraq and it has escalated violent strikes in Nepal. About 1300 caravan of young Nepalese boys and girls are flying out of Nepal in search of a job abroad and it is not their fault to be born in poor countries where finding a job means to be the luckiest winner of a lottery.
Source: Online Media