Iraq crisis: Netizens show solidarity with stranded Indians

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2014 22:00 IST

The Iraq crisis aggravating with each passing day, locating the missing Indians in the war-torn country has become the top priority of the union government. The netizens too aren’t far behind, as they are doing their own bit to help those stranded in the Middle East. From celebrities to students, thousands are using social networking channels like Facebook, Twitter and mobile messengers, to show their solidarity with the distressed.

Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, shared on his Facebook page about the phone call from one of the stranded Punjabi youngsters who told him about his plight. He updated, “We are working like slaves in Iraq and are forced to work at gun point. Both Punjab and Indian government must take stringent steps.”

So far, 233 of his fans have already shared this update on their respective pages. Mann has also created a helpline number (8437577527) on which anyone knowing anything about the trapped Indians in Iraq can share their information.

Noted actor and comedian Binnu Dhillon has even shared the numbers of the association that is extending a helping hand to the Indian victims in Iraq. His latest update says, “Those who want to help the stranded Indians in Iraq with air tickets or any other help can contact Welfare Society of Kuwait by calling the officials on 0096599034211 or 00918437577527.” This was shared by his 1,239 fans across the world.

Facebook pages of Young Writers Association (YWA) of Punjab Agricultural University and Punjab Agricultural Students Association (PAUSA), which are followed by thousands of young students, also stand updated with some pictures and a 500-word touching article on Iraq crisis.

Some students from the university have also stepped forward for the trapped Indians in Iraq. Through his page, Rana Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu has expressed that Indian government should leave no stone unturned to get each and everyone out the trap. He also writes that the government should enact strict laws to dampen the fake travel agents, who in their lure for money throw the youngsters in such horrifying situation.

Meanwhile, some Indians stranded in Iraq have updated some of their videos on Youtube in which they could be seen appealing to the Indian government for urgent help. Many of them could be seen telling about their poor working conditions and long hour shifts. They could also be seen complaining about their unpaid salaries, which is making it difficult for them to even buy phone cards to stay connected with their families.

On Monday morning, Singer Gurdas Mann, too, left an emotional note in Punjabi on his Facebook page. “Iraq ch fassey humwatani prawan nu waheguruji sahi salamat rakhan...apni maawan nu apney putt, bhenu nu apney bhraa, teh desh nu apney naujwaan sahi salamat mill jaan...ehi meri rab aggey dua hai (I pray to God that people stranded in Iraq should stay safe with the blessings of Waheguruji. Mother should get back their sons, sisters should get back their brothers and the country should get back their youths).”

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