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Stranded Indian National Grateful To Be Safe In Fiji

The 26-year-old business analyst left his Kerala home in late February and traveled to Fiji to work on a project concerning banking solutions. He was due to return in June.
21 Aug 2020 11:24
Stranded Indian National Grateful To Be Safe In Fiji
Athul Sankar. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Stranded Indian national, Athul Sankar is thankful that he is safe here in Fiji as the number of COVID-19 cases in India continues to rise.

The 26-year-old business analyst left his Kerala home in late February and traveled to Fiji to work on a project concerning banking solutions. He was due to return in June.

After Fiji’s borders closed in mid-March, he was stranded here and continued his project in which he is currently completing at the Sugar Cane Growers Fund head office in Lautoka.

Mr Sankar, who is the only child in his family, is the sole bread winner and has to support his elderly parents from this end. He is employed at India’s Sesame Software Solution.

Although in his heart he misses home, the urge to work and support his parents is always at the back of his mind.

“When I left India the virus was still in its early stages and it was safe. In my place in Kerala only three cases were reported at that time, but now more than 1000 cases are reported in one day,” he said.

“I am happy and thankful that I am safe here because now Fiji is the safest place to stay. We can travel, no strict restrictions. If I go back to India now, for sure I will contract the virus so it’s better to be here although I miss home and my parents.”

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