Monday, July 06, 2020

Homesick Indians fly home after being stranded in SA by Covid-19 lockdown

When South Africa declared one of the toughest lockdowns to flatten the deadly coronavirus curve, now a runaway catastrophic scenario with 3 000 deaths and 187 000 casualties, shutting down all transport hubs and restricting travelling, thousands of Indian nationals – ranging from elderly and sickly people visiting their economic migrant families to students, entrepreneurs and tourists, were stranded in the draconian Covid-19 curfew. Gradually hundreds were flown back home, with the latest batch of almost 430 ferried safely back on two chartered jetliners at the weekend.
Marlan Padayachee shares the behind-the-scenes human drama that has been unfolding over the past 100 days >>

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