STRANDED IN INDIA!!! South Africa bring your people HOME...

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We are over 250 South Africans stranded all over India, since Lockdown started on 25 March, with no repatriation plans in sight yet, by the South African government. DIRCO newsletters are filled with successful repatriation stories from various other countries with no mention of India. We appreciate the logistical nightmare repatriation must be, yet lack of transparency regarding the ‘challenges’ in bringing us home leaves us feeling ‘discarded’. Amongst the elderly and children who make up our numbers, is a stage 4 cancer patient and someone who suffers from diabetes and ischemic heart disease, both out of medication. Another who suffers heat intolerance and is stuck in the Thar desert in temperatures ranging 38-45 degrees Celsius, suffering heat exhaustion. Ben Joubert from our High Commission in Delhi has been a pillar, yet can offer little solace in the face of no plan from DIRCO. It’s been 6 weeks and counting... with nothing of substance from our Government to give us hope. Medication HAS run out. Money is running out. Nerves are frazzled. Emotions are running high. Negativity is spiraling. Depression is setting in. Families are separated and distraught, consumed with worry for their stranded parents, siblings, spouses and children. But...WE ARE SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS!!! Through the pain of uncertainty and tears of frustration, we choose to BELIEVE we have not been forgotten! President Ramaphosa, Minister Naledi Pandor, Minister Fikile Mbalula, Deputy Minister Alvin Botes, Radio, Television and Social Media...PLEASE BRING US HOME. We are lost rainbows in the colorful landscape of India. Our place to shine is, and always will be South Africa ~ Our Home. We’re counting on you, Mr President and PM Modi, and your strong camaraderie to turn our pain of separation into pride of nation. We know you care. Just show us how much...BY BRINGING US HOME. Please...