‘I must stay strong’: hardship for workers fleeing Sri Lanka’s broken economy

‘I must stay strong’: hardship for workers fleeing Sri Lanka’s broken economy

Suvendra Mary has not changed her clothes, nor has she had a decent meal in five days. Last week, she and six other women boarded a bus from their home town, Badulla, about 350km from Colombo, and arrived at the department of immigration and emigration in hope of applying for their passports. Since then, the women have been sitting in a queue of at least a thousand others dreaming of leaving Sri Lanka. Mary is hoping to find work as a housemaid in Saudi Arabia. Her only goal is to send money home to her family who are feeling the brunt of the worst economic meltdown to hit the country since it gained independence from the British in 1948. The seriousness of the situation was laid bare by prime minister …
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