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General News of Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Today in 2005: 130 Ghanaians stranded in Iraq

About 130 Ghanaians who were promised a “better life” in Kuwait were left stranded after their arrival in the country in 2005.

The group who were made up of drivers pleaded with the government of Ghana to evacuate them from Iraq which they described as the “most unsafe place in the world.”

There has been a similar call from some Ghanaians who are studying in China. This time, they are asking the government to evacuate them from the country(China) which is currently battling with the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) with the death toll rising to 1,100 since its outbreak in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.

Meanwhile, the Minority in Parliament has called on the government to immediately evacuate Ghanaian students currently locked up in China to another Asian country less affected by the coronavirus or back to Ghana.

They have given the government a three-day ultimatum to take action or face their wrath.

According to Minority, France, Switzerland, Philippines, Russia, and other African countries including war-ravaged Libya have all evacuated their nationals from China as a result of the CoronaVirus.

Read the full story originally published on Febraury 12, 2005, on Ghanaweb

A 28-year-old taxi driver, Kwame Akyeampong who has been lured to Kuwait with the promise of a lucrative job offer in the rich Arab community is at the crossroads.

Kwame is among a group of 130 young Ghanaians all of them drivers now stranded in Kuwait.

Speaking to Kapital Radio in a telephone interview, he said he and his compatriots are in a critical situation and appealed to the government to provide them with an urgent assistance so they can return home safely. Kwame Akyeampong sent the distress message through Kapital radio.

According to him, even though the organizer of the trip from Ghana promised them that their final destination would be in Kuwait, they learnt with shock that Iraq, the world's most dangerous place is rather where they are to look for the greener pastures.

According to him, as of the time he was making the distress call he was unsure of his fate, if that could be his last words as a living soul since he is expected to sit behind the steering wheels of a truck loaded with food ration for US soldiers in Baghdad - the most unsafe place in the world.

He indicated that most of the over hundred Ghanaians are from Kumasi. He indicated that nationals who work for the U.S and British troops have become targets of suicide bombers. He pleaded with the government to come to their rescue because other countries have already evacuated their nationals.

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