Gulf returnees face rejection from kith and kin after coronavirus outbreak
Dubai: Expatriates are really heartbroken to see the attitude of their neighbours and other people from their own place. Earlier, when expats come home, everyone used to welcome them whereas now they are treated as aliens during the coronavirus season. The expats and families do not understand why people are alienating them.
The people started being suspicious about expats after a Kasaragod native who landed from Gulf violated the quarantine protocol and spread the disease. But not all expats behave like that. Majority of them accept the quarantine without any external pressure and keep themselves under surveillance. But their families are isolated by the neighbours. Not being able to bear the trauma, some of them went on posting photos of themselves in quarantine to convince the people about their social responsibility.
The Gulf returnees are especially harassed by the people. They pointed out that when a Pathanamthitta-based family arrived from Italy and spread the disease due to carelessness, nobody alienated or blamed people who arrived from European countries. Some of the Gulf returnees shared their painful experiences afte reaching home. One said that the Rs 4000 worth chocolates he brought for his loved ones are now melting in the intense heat as nobody accepted them.
"Peope don't want anything brought by Gulf returnees. Even insurance agents and fund raisers do not approach us. Friends and relatives are afraid even to make a phone call. Those who arrived for even a very short period of vacation are quarantining themselves for 14 days. It is really heartbreaking to be blamed for the wrongdoings of someone else," they shared the bitter experiences.