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July 7, 2014

THE bloodbath in Iraq has not only shattered the dreams of poor Indians who had left their homes in search of greener pastures, but has also pushed them into the debt trap.

The poor people from Punjab, who had raised loans to go to Iraq, are now back home empty handed. While a few returned healthy, some are suffering from depression.

Depended on their earnings for everything, their families now face the challenge of repaying the big loans.

Seona Chowk (Patiala) resident Yadvinder Singh (21) is among those who returned from Iraq. He had left for the country 11 months ago. Yadvinder revealed that the Indians in Iraq are treated like slaves and are compelled to work under the shadow of guns.

" When we asked our employer to relieve us we were threatened with a gun and forced to work.

We managed to escape, but those who could not may have been put in jail," Singh said.

Lakhwinder Singh of Shanti Nagar in Mandi worked as a carpenter in Najaf. He revealed that he and his Indian colleagues were illtreated by their employers. Lakhwinder was in touch with the Indian embassy who helped him and some others to return home.

" Indians are becoming mentally sick in Iraq as they work under pressure, are compelled to live under captivity and denied food and wages. When one of the colleagues who hailed from Rajasthan came to know about the crisis in Iraq he fainted and was admitted to a local hospital. He died days later," Lakhwinder said.

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Source: Mail Today (India)

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