‘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

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Roman Miah with the X-Ray showing the kidney stone
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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.

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.

Those who want to help Miah may write to editor@xpress4me.com

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  • Mikhail

    16-Aug-2012 14:45

    i have been suffering from this same problem but thanks to almightyAllah the pain is no more, I would really like to help this person withwhatever i can, it would be really grateful if the editor could give mehis contact number. because i know how unbearable is the pain and itshould 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

  • joe

    16-Aug-2012 12:47

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

  • vincent

    16-Aug-2012 12:31

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

  • Unknown

    16-Aug-2012 12:07

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

  • Abideen

    16-Aug-2012 11:15

    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

  • Manish

    16-Aug-2012 09:58

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

  • Suresh Kumar

    16-Aug-2012 08:50

    Withholding any bodys passport is a serious offence as per one UAEdecree, still employers keep on committing offence due to ignorantpolicymakers and concerned embassies.

  • Mirza R Baig

    16-Aug-2012 07:51

    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 employerrun away?

  • SYED J.HUQ

    16-Aug-2012 07:04

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

  • Syed Ishaq

    16-Aug-2012 05:36

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

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i have been suffering from this same problem but thanks to almightyAllah the pain is no more, I would really like to help this person withwhatever i can, it would be really grateful if the editor could give mehis contact number. because i know how unbearable is the pain and itshould 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

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