PublicNews18: Millions of people traveling to their villages after the lockdown in India increase the risk of outbreak..
When I spoke to Gautam Lal Meena on the phone, he came to Gujarat from Rajasthan at his village home, where he works as a carpenter.
In the heat of the summer Gautam was walking on a paved road with shoes on. They say they live on water and biscuits.
Gautam Mina used to earn up to Rs. 400 ($ 5.34) a day in Gujarat and he would send a large part of it home.
From the 24th March, when India announced a lockdown for 21 days following the outbreak of the Corona virus outbreak, many people have lost their jobs and work opportunities.
In India, the number of Corona virus infected is estimated at more than a thousand while 27 people have died from the outbreak.
Gautam Meena had to make the trip on her way home to all the traffic stops.
In his unsolicited voice, Gautam Meena told the BBC over the phone: I was walking day and night. What option did I have?
I had very little money and almost nothing to eat. But Gautam was not alone in this calamity.
Millions of migrants migrating to major cities in India have left the closed cities and returned to their villages.
These workers are the backbone of the economy of big cities. Ensure homebuilding, cooking, working in restaurants, moving ready meals, haircut and salon services,
work from the automobile industry to toilet cleaning and other newspaper deliveries. Make. It is estimated that a large number of these 10 million laborers fleeing poverty in their villages live in dirty homes in tight areas and dream of moving forward in life.
Last week’s lockdown made them a refugee overnight. Their workplaces were closed and most of the employees and contractors who paid them, now have gone to themselves. Men, women and children began their journey last week.
They wrap their essentials in ordinary bags. They also include food, water and clothing. The young men carried these bags. When children were tired of walking, their parents would lift them on their shoulders.
They set out on their journey in the shining sun of the day and the moonlight shining in the night. Most of them say they were running out of money and they feared they might not get caught up in the gaps.
The leading Indian newspaper Indian Express captioned, “India is going home.” These strange scenes are largely similar to the bloodshed migration after the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. At that time, hundreds of thousands of people were forced to migrate to East and West Pakistan. It was the migration that forced one million people to leave their homes.
This time millions of people in their own country are desperate to get to their homes. Despite starvation and difficulties along the way, they are desperate to reach their homeland.
According to him, the village is a source of food and comfort to them. The lockdown to prevent the outbreak is causing a major humanitarian crisis. The migrants included a 90-year-old woman whose family used to sell traffic signals in the outskirts of Delhi.
Kajaji was hiking 100km with his family to his native area in Rajasthan. Kajori used to eat biscuits and cigarettes used for smoking on the way. When he met a journalist, Salaq Ahmed, it had been three hours while he was walking by holding a stick to Kazuri.
Thus, coming out of the city in a state of helplessness did not hamper their self-esteem. Salik Ahmed told the BBC that the woman said that if transport was available, she would take a ticket and leave home.
The pedestrians also include a five-year-old child, who has traveled with his father to Delhi for a distance of seven hundred kilometers to reach his hometown of Madhya Pradesh.
The father of the child is a daily warden. The baby’s father told journalist Barkha Dutt that when the sun goes down, we stop hiking and fall asleep.
One of these women continues her journey with her husband and two-year-old daughter. Their bag is full of food, water and clothing.
He then met Rajneesh, a 26-year-old traveler associated with the automobile industry, who was traveling 250 km to his home in Uttar Pradesh. He said it would take them four days to complete the journey.