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Blog: Showing them the way to go home

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on June 28, 2020 | Last updated on June 28, 2020 at 03.45 pm
coronavirus, covid-19, Vikas Khanna


Look into your heart.have you done anything good, given something of yourself, said he is not heavy, he is my brother.or sister?

It is amazing how many people who are unknown and unsung come up and get counted when there is a crisis. Watch a recent show on BBC where they are in discussion with Indian-born American chef Vikas Khanna in New York. This Michelin star culinary champion started the Feed India initiative some weeks ago and has now focused all the way from the Big Apple armed only with a Twitter account to create a nationwide awareness. Vikas is now concentrating on the fringe groups of society like those with leprosy and other communicable diseases, those who are in old people homes facing acute shortage in staples, orphans, the homeless, the migrant workers stuck between a rock and a hard place, and transgenders and the such, dregs of society and street urchins who are now sleeping hungry. There are so many such helping hands that are reaching out for no other reason than they want to.

We have some sterling people in the UAE. Like Sheela Thomas, a lawyer who has opened 2,200 files on blue collar workers to get them repatriated and feeds as many as 300 people a day. Dr Rajkumar who has made it a mission to fly hundreds of passengers back to Tamil Nadu at an affordable price.

Egyptian Abed Magdy humanised those marooned in other countries by putting their faces to their names and telling their stories. Chartered flights to Maharashtra in India were sanctioned at the initiative of Rahul Tulpule, a 44-year-old Dubai-based businessman. Tulpule stepped in to coordinate the return of hundreds of Indians, registered with the Indian diplomatic mission in the UAE, to fly back to Mumbai and Pune. In a major aerial operation, Pakistan brought home 60,000 workers, its consulate spearheaded by consul general Ahmed Amjad Ali and aided by resident businessmen and others of good heart. Then there is British expat Simone Haynes who looked after a stranded Ghanaian woman, Janet Osei, 29, at her house in Dubai. For most, easier said than done.

Many of the thousands who are victims of the ruthless virus are literally penniless and one of the problems they are having at Indian airports is having to pay for tests. They have lost everything and this extra hurdle practically break their backs and detracts from the massive effort to get them home.

Which brings one to the main point. Look into your heart.have you done anything good, given something of yourself, said he is not heavy, he is my brother.or sister? If nothing tangible how about the time?

You can still do something. There is a lot to do.

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