Updated on February 11th, 2018
There are many poignant stories of people who went abroad in search of greener pastures, but they were duped by their employers and mistreated for years. Many of them are never able to escape those places and are forced to work for hours for a pittance.
One such story is of a 52-year-old Indian man, Gana Prakasam Rajamariyan, who is living in Saudi desert since 23 years. But fortunately, he will be returning to India soon and will see his family after almost two-and-half decades.
The Saudi government has offered a 90-day amnesty scheme to illegals living there and around 25,000 Indians have applied to the Indian embassy in Riyadh for permits. Almost half of them are from Uttar Pradesh.
Gana is basically from Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, and he went to Saudi Arabia in 1994 to work as a helper on a farm in the remote Hail province of Saudi Arabia.
He was paid only 100 Saudi Riyal a month initially for 6 months by his first employer. Then he switched to more employers but none of them paid him any salary, so he had no option but to stay illegally. When he left India he had 4 daughters, and now he has grandchildren. He last spoke to his wife on phone in 2015.