Sunday, June 26

Strife-torn Areas In Libya: 500 Bangladeshis may return home

News Desk: Around 500 Bangladeshis working for different South Korean companies in Libya may return home as their employers have started evacuating workers from the North African country due to intensive clashes between government forces and rebels.

Daewoo Engineering and Construction (Daewoo E & C), a South Korean company, has already granted 169 Bangladeshis six months’ leave without pay who are now waiting to return home, said Ahsan Kibria Siddique, first secretary of the Bangladesh mission in Tripoli.

“The Korean companies have started evacuating their workers from Libya on a temporary basis due to security risks in workplaces,” he said.
Bangladeshi workers in Libya are living in fear as the recent spate of clashes between the two forces has intensified. At least five Bangladeshis were killed in such clashes on Tuesday and Wednesday, taking the death toll of Bangladeshis in Libya to 13 since February this year.

“The embassy is facing difficulty in sending the dead bodies back to Bangladesh as the conflict zones are close to the airport,” said Kibria.

According to a report published yesterday in Yonhap, a South Korean news agency, many Koreans and foreign nationals including Bangladeshis work for some 30 large and small Korean companies in Libya. A good number of workers from these companies have already left Libya, the news agency mentioned.

Meanwhile, the South Korean embassy in Dhaka offered help for Bangladeshi workers working at Korean companies in Libya to return home, said Khondaker Showkat Hossain, secretary to the expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry.

Kibria, however, said he had received no information about any Bangladeshi returning home.

urrently, 45,000 Bangladeshi workers are working in different sectors of the country. The Bangladeshi mission in Tripoli has advised all workers to remain alert and avoid conflict zones until stability is restored in the trouble-torn areas.