Kochi : Kerala nurses evacuated from Libya, who arrived here at 8.50 a.m on Tuesday, were so traumatised by their experience in the violence-hit country that as one of them said “words cannot describe our pain”.
Tears rolled down their cheeks as they met their relatives.
“Words cannot describe the nightmare that I underwent there and I don’t have words also to describe my happiness when I met my husband and daughter,” Nancy Elizabeth, a nurse, told IANS, breathing freedom at last. “I was in Libya for almost one year. Each of us paid around Rs.1.50 lakh as recruitment fees to go there,” she said. “I managed to get all my money, except last month’s salary. The nurses working there are yet to get the gratuity and other benefits that come to around Rs 2 lakh,” said Elizabeth, who plans to go to Delhi and find a job.
P. Sudeep, chief executive officer of Roots-Norka, the state agency that looks after the welfare of non-resident Keralites, said each of the nurses had been given Rs2,000 as travel allowance for their journey to their homes. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and state Minister for Diaspora K.C. Joseph called up the nurses soon after they arrived.
A nurse said: “The journey to the Tunisian border by bus was nightmarish. It took about five hours to reach there. All of us were praying as we could hear gunshots.