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Sri Lankans stranded in Middle East as Covid-19 spikes

Thousands of migrant workers are desperately waiting to return home after repatriation flights were suspended

UCA News reporter, Colombo

UCA News reporter, Colombo

Updated: July 20, 2020 11:35 AM GMT
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Sri Lankans stranded in Middle East as Covid-19 spikes

Muslim worshipers, distanced safely from each other and clad in face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic, perform Friday prayers at a mosque in Kuwait City on July 17. (Photo: AFP)

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Ayoma Nisanthi Mary, a 42-year-old mother of three from Gampaha, is among Sri Lankan migrant workers stranded in the Middle East amid the coronavirus pandemic. All are desperately waiting to return home soon.

Gulf countries are the most popular destination for women migrant workers from Sri Lanka.

Mary has had to face numerous difficulties working at a private residence in Kuwait since 2017 and now she’s lost her job.

She is one of many Sri Lankan women migrant workers who have been stranded in the Middle East for more than two months. More than 40 Sri Lankan migrant workers have already died due to Covid-19 in Middle Eastern countries.

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