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Team Reaches Djibouti
Frantic efforts on to bring back trapped Bangladeshis in Yemen
Published : Sunday, 5 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 27
Bangladesh team from its mission in Kuwait has reached Eastern African nation Djibouti and so far communicated with some 500 Bangladesh nationals in two cities - Aden and Sana'a in Yemen, said an official at the Foreign Ministry on Saturday.
"They have reached Djibouti and communicated so far with 500 Bangladesh nationals in Yemen," BM Jamal Hossain, Director (Welfare, MRP and Consular) told UNB.
He said Bangladeshis will be taken to Djibouti from Aden by ship and then will be brought back home by air.
The official also said the Bangladesh nationals staying in Sana'a will be taken to Djibouti by air.
Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked the relatives of Bangladesh nationals stuck in war-torn Yemen to stay in touch through its two hotlines as the government has started the repatriation process of Bangladesh nationals.
"Two hotlines have been opened at the Foreign Ministry to coordinate the repatriation process," said a media note on Friday asking the relatives to help the government in the process.
Relatives of Bangladesh nationals, now in Yemen, can contact with Lutfur Rahman, Director General (Consular and Welfare Wing), phone-0088-01726260967, email- [email protected] and BM Jamal Hossain, Director (Welfare, MRP and Consular), phone 0088-01711380374, [email protected]
It also said Counsellor at the Bangladesh Embassy, Kuwait SM Mahbubul Alam has already left Kuwait for Djibouti to help repatriate Bangladesh nationals.
He can be reached through his roaming number - +96599574203 and email - [email protected]
According to the Foreign Ministry here, the officials will help verify or identify the Bangladeshi nationals in Yemen. The officials, if needed, will help Bangladeshi nationals to be on board a ship.
Some 1500-3000 Bangladesh nationals are living in Yemen and all of them are not interested to come back, according to Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque.
Earlier, Bangladesh formally requested the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help repatriate Bangladesh nationals stuck in troubled Yemen, to a relatively safer zone within Yemen.    ?UNB

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