Godwin Xavier Fernandes with his mother, Felecidade.
PHOTO BY SUPPLIED
DUBAI – An Indian expatriate stuck in Dubai amid the Covid-19 crisis wants to fulfill his mother’s dying wish to see her, even for the last time.
News of his mother’s death on May 27 proved to be a double blow to Godwin Xavier Fernandes, 29, who has been furloughed from his job as a store supervisor in Abu Dhabi but is unable to go home to India due to the pandemic.
“The last words she spoke to me three hours before she passed away, she told me she felt a little better and wants to sleep. She also told me to come to Goa as soon as possible,” Fernandes told Expatmedia.net.
Fernandes’ mother, Felecidade, 55, died of multiple organ failure at their home in Goa on Wednesday, with his younger brother and their father by her side. She had been in and out of the hospital in the past two months.
“They are not able to bury her without me,” said Fernandes, who has stood as the family’s breadwinner after his parents retired from their jobs in the UAE more than a decade ago.
His only hope is to get on the next available repatriation flight to India on June 1. He is appealing to consulate and embassy officials to get him on the list, adding that he has also sent his application online.
“I have been trying to reach the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Indian Consulate in Dubai for help. I hope our officials will help me go home to bury my mother,” he said.
“She was my everything and I was her mama’s boy. I really need to be there for her burial,” he said.
Around 14,000 Indians in the UAE were scheduled to fly home this week in the third phase of repatriation efforts.
The first of 81 special flights from the UAE left for New Delhi from Abu Dhabi on May 26. Officials said the repatriation will run for two weeks until June 8.
According to the Indian Embassy, some 350,000 Indian expatriates have applied for help to return home. There are an estimated 3.4 million Indians in the UAE.
India has opened its airport to special repatriation flights, but international and domestic flights have been suspended since March 24. PIA/Expat Media
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