NST 12:11:34am Sun, Aug, 19, 2018

Rescue Prashant Limbu

26 years old Prashanta Limbu laments, "I never imagined that I would be in such harrowing situation in foreign land; indeed, I came here with a dream to make a living and support my family; but things became difficult before I could translate my dream into reality".

 

Prashant comes from a very poor family from Buddha Shanti - 4, Jhapa. Inflicted by chronic poverty, he went to Saudi Arabia in driving visa on 10 Aug, 2016. He hoped that his company (Karam Al-Khaleej For Block & Precasting Company) would initiate process for his driving license that would allow him to work as a driver legally in Saudi. But the company did nothing for his license. He was rather forced to work as a driver despite having no license. As it is risky to engage in driving profession without having license, Prashant repeatedly requested the company to initiate process for his license but to no avail. He also requested the manpower agency back here in Nepal but things did not go as expected. Finally, with no option left, he carried on his duty as a driver.

Incident: In the meantime, his fate brought him into a very crucial situation when a van hit his vehicle hard from back, leaving a Saudi national dead in the van. The incident that took place on 29 April, 2017 (9 months after his arrival in Saudi) pulled him to police custody and later to Jail. In connection with this incident, the court decided that he along with his company was 75% responsible for the incident. And, as per the court's decision, both parties were made liable to pay total Riyal 240000 Blood Money (compensation to be given to the family of victim died in the accident); where Prashant has to pay 50% money which means Saudi riyal 120000 (equivalent to NPR 35 lakhs) and 50% to be borne by his company for allowing employee in driving work without license.

After Jail: After a long stay in jail for about 8 months he was released from the jail some five months back (13 Feb, 2018) but could not come home because Saudi authority would not give him exit permit without clearing the pending blood money. With no option left, he again went back to work for the same company for 2 months as a general labor but did not get paid. When requested for salary, company sacked him and made homeless. For some days, he took shelter in friend's room. Later after the dialogue with company under the initiation of Nepal embassy and NRNA, he has returned back to the same company and started working but he is still not sure of getting salary.  

Appeal for Support: Prashant has been spending his painful days in foreign land with no proper place to live, food to eat and shelter to sleep. His desperate situation has further driven his poor family into the harrowing situation of hopelessness and frustration.  Since no organized efforts have been made so far to collect Blood Money to rescue him, together with the appeal of his family, PNCC would like to request every generous individuals, NRNA, helping organizations around the world to join us in our campaign to raise Blood Money and bring him back to Nepal where his beloved family members are desperately waiting for him to come home.

Target Fund      Raised from Previous Campaign   Money to Be Raised
          35,00,000 NPR               15,25,515 NPR           19,74,485 NPR

For Donation, Please Follow the Given Bank Details  

Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee

Global IME Bank

Anamnagar Branch, Kathmandu

Account Number: 3901010000409

Swift Code: GLBBNPKA

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