Expat family has spent 38 years in single room in UAE due to document issues
Sharjah: A Malayali expatriate family has been spending their lives in a single room in Sharjah for the past 38 years due to the complications to obtain proper proof of residence and documents.
Kollam native Madhusudanan, his wife Sri Lankan native Rohini Perera and their five children, are struggling without even visiting their motherland for all these years.
Madhusudanan and Rohini happened to meet at UAE and later got married in 1988 at Al Ain. Their family were against the marriage as both belonged to different countries. Also, they failed to obtain marriage certificate and visa. Consequently, their eldest daughter has not got the passport yet. Though others have passports, they could not get visa due to financial difficulties.
Since they have no proper job, visa or proof of residence, they rarely come out of the house. Now, the only hope left for the family is the public apology of the UAE government which will start on August 1. Though there were opportunities in the previous years, the family were incapable of utilizing its benefits.
Their eldest daughter Aswathy is 29 years old. Sangeetha (25), Shanthi (23), Gouri (22) and Mithun (21) are other children. None of the children have attended school. However, they have learned 5 languages including Malayalam under the instruction of Rohini.
The children are familiar with the outer world only through television. So, they are not even aware of developing career. The children said that they travelled to Ajman and Dubai emirates on foot. They wish to visit Kerala and Sri Lanka, the native places of their parents.
The family has already spent 38 years in the single room by reading books and playing caroms. They live in a damaged villa near the Sharjah-Kuwait hospital. Though the house owner has allowed them to stay without paying the rent, the family struggles to find food regularly.
Sometimes, they have to satisfy hunger on a single packet of kuboos. Some kind souls offer help to the family on knowing their situation. Sharjah Indian Association also extend help to them.