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‘Return my passport so I can go home for vital surgery’

Bangladeshi man looking to go home for kidney stone surgery stuck in Dubai as employer runs away with his passport

  • By Anjana Kumar, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:49 August 15, 2012

  • Image Credit: Asghar Khan/Xpress
  • Roman Miah with the X-Ray showing the kidney stone

Dubai A jobless Bangladeshi is stranded in Dubai with a big kidney stone that could cause permanent damage if it’s not removed immediately.

But Roman Insan Miah, 23, can’t undergo surgery as he has no money to pay for it and he can’t return to his home country as his employer has absconded with his passport.

Miah checked into a private medical clinic for a sharp stabbing pain in his lower abdomen last May. An X-ray revealed a big kidney stone.

The news could not have come at a worse time for Miah who had resorted to scavening after losing his job as a helper.

“I don’t know what to do now. I can’t go back because my boss has run away with my passport and I can’t afford the treatment because I have no money,” said Miah whose condition is deteriorating by the day. “The pain is getting more severe. Sometimes it is so bad that I scream all night, disturbing the sleep of my roommates.”

Unable to bear the agony, Miah visited another hospital last week and was urged to undergo surgery immediately.

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But he can’t even afford the discounted rates offered by the hospital. “Even after the discount, the surgery will cost me around Dh6,000. Where is this money going to come from? It’s been over a year since I was last paid,” said Miah who relocated to the UAE a couple of years ago and is the sole breadwinner of his family. Now Miah makes a living by selling empty cans which he picks from trash bins. “A kilo of empty cans fetches me around Dh4,” he said.

Miah said he has lodged a complaint with the Ministry of Labour explaining his situation and seeking an immediate repatriation to Bangladesh. “However, they ask me to bring my passport. How can I bring it when I don’t have it?” he wonders.

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  1. Added 14:45 August 16, 2012

    i have been suffering from this same problem but thanks to almighty Allah the pain is no more, I would really like to help this person with whatever i can, it would be really grateful if the editor could give me his contact number. because i know how unbearable is the pain and it should be taken care of it as soon as possible. Editor's note: Thanks for your mail. Roman Miah Insan's number is 055-132 0136

    Mikhail, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:47 August 16, 2012

    Kindly make a police report for the absconded employer and declare that your passport is missing, the report is sufficient enough for you to go and file for replacement passport in your embassy.

    joe, dubai, Angola

  3. Added 12:31 August 16, 2012

    he must go to his consulate and ask for advise with regards to his loosed passport and ask assistance as well to his current situation.

    vincent, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:07 August 16, 2012

    Inshallah he will get help, Admin pls display his contact details also.............

    Unknown, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:15 August 16, 2012

    I would like to help. Please give me his contact detailes. Editor's note: Thanks for your mail. Roman Miah Insan's number is 055-132 0136

    Abideen, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 09:58 August 16, 2012

    Let me with 29 people contribute AED. 200 each and get him out of the pain. Please let us know the way to contribute. Editor's note: Thanks for your mail. Roman Miah Insan's number is 055-132 0136

    Manish, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 08:50 August 16, 2012

    Withholding any bodys passport is a serious offence as per one UAE decree, still employers keep on committing offence due to ignorant policymakers and concerned embassies.

    Suresh Kumar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 07:51 August 16, 2012

    Classic case where i believe most of them are stuck due to such reason, and they end-up as scavengers. The question is how could the employer run away?

    Mirza R Baig, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 07:04 August 16, 2012

    My sympathy with Miah for what he is going through. He should approach Bangladesh Embassy or Consulate to get a out-pass to leave the country and I am sure people of UAE will help him with funds required for the surgery and recovery, the people in UAE both expats & locals are generous and more than generous during the Holy Month Of Ramadan. Mr Miah should take immediate step without delay towards getting out-pass

    SYED J.HUQ, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 05:36 August 16, 2012

    The local Government should cooperate / help Miah so he can get treatment on time without fail.

    Syed Ishaq, Sharjah, India

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