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Australia Children stranded in India without parents

10:51  07 may  2021
10:51  07 may  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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In Delhi, India , not all children without parents are orphans. And they don’t all get adopted. Their situations range from selling flowers on the street near malls and metro stops, to living at schools with hundreds of other children , just like them. Orphans in India often have a much better life once they are taken in by charitable organizations. The schools care for the children very well. Catalysts for Social Action, a community organization for child rehabilitation and adoption, reported a 700% increase in the number of children supported in its associated orphanages and agencies from 2006 to 2011, a

Long-term residents, whose children are stranded in India without residency visas, have appealed to Indian and UAE authorities to allow their children to travel to the UAE on visit visas. Parents of both minor children and varsity-going students are desperately seeking permission from authorities to allow their In some cases, parents said their sons who have crossed the age of 21 cannot travel since the UAE does not issue visit visas for those from India . Parents also expressed fear that they will miss out on the 15-day travel deadline set by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) which expires on July 26.

Parents are pleading with the federal government to develop a plan to help reunite them with their children who are stranded in India.

a person holding a baby: Parents with children in India are pleading for them to be able to fly unaccompanied to Australia. © AP PHOTO Parents with children in India are pleading for them to be able to fly unaccompanied to Australia.

There are 173 unaccompanied Australian minors in India.

The Senate's COVID-19 inquiry has on Friday heard from parents who are desperate to be reunited with their children, who are staying with family in India as the nation grapples with a record-breaking virus outbreak.

Qantas does not allow children to fly unaccompanied on repatriation flights.

Harjinder's three-year-old son has been with his grandparents in India since September 2019.

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Dubai: Indian expats, whose children are stranded back home in India , are urging UAE authorities to issue them visit visas to return to the UAE during a special arrangement for flights between the two countries, which lasts until July 26. India is currently not on the list of countries from which passengers are eligible to secure visit visas. Indian parents , who spoke to Gulf News, urged the UAE Embassy in New Delhi to take up their humanitarian cases to the immigration authorities in the UAE and help them with special permission to bring their children home.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga with stranded student Greatrest Mengo. Twenty one- year old, Greatrest Mengo has appealed to her father Christopher Mengo Siame, a businessman of Mbala District to help her get out of India . She says it is strange that most parents simply send their children to private universities in India without informing the Mission but only get to know when students have been arrested or have failed to pay school fees. Mrs. Kapijimpanga says at least 300 Zambian students are documented to be in India studying in various institutions of higher

Drisya and Dilin have not seen their five-year-old daughter, who is also with grandparents, for more than a year.

The couple moved to Australia in early 2020 while their daughter was visiting her grandparents, with the pandemic and travel restrictions putting their reunion in disarray.

"There are many parents who have been separated from their children," Dilin said.

"I plead, on behalf of all of them, to please consider the option of bringing in minors unaccompanied, either through repatriation flights or even private chartered flights."

Senior Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official Lynette Wood said a flight specifically for children had not been considered.

Officials were working directly with families to sort out options, she said.

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Children under 12 years stranded in India due to the COVID-19 lockdown are unable to reunite with their parents based in the UAE as multiple airlines are refusing to accept unaccompanied minors, according to a media report. Starting July 12, Indians wanting to return to the UAE have been given a 15-day window to travel back on the condition that they have valid residency permits. They also have to produce a negative COVID-19 test result. But parents of minors said they are feeling helpless as children are unable to avail of the travel opportunity despite having return permits

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Australia's High Commissioner to India Barry O'Farrell said 20 unaccompanied minors had been helped home since December.

Strict limits on the number of people who can return to Australia each week have been in place during the health crisis, with a ban currently in place on flights from India.

The inquiry also heard from Melbourne man Sunny, who remains stranded in Delhi with his elderly mother.

He travelled to India last May to help care for his father, who died while Sunny was still in quarantine after landing.

Sunny and his mother have been trying to return since then.

"We stay holed in at the house and fear for our lives on a constant basis," he told the inquiry.

"We think it just a matter of time when we may get infected and get into serious trouble, considering the healthcare system here is overwhelmed and almost dysfunctional.

"People are dying on the streets because of lack of oxygen. The Australian government should not abandon us in this life-threatening situation."

India recorded another grim global world record on Thursday with more than 412,000 new coronavirus cases and almost 4000 deaths.

There are 9500 Australians who want to return home, including 950 considered vulnerable.

Sunny and his mother had a flight booked to return in July last year to Melbourne, which was delayed and then ultimately cancelled because of Victoria's extended lockdown.

They were then meant to return last week but the government announced a ban on flights.

The Morrison government is facing widespread backlash after it threatened jail and fines for people who tried to beat the ban.

Repatriation flights will slowly restart on May 15 but questions remain over when commercial flights will begin.

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