Return of Nurses

Return of nurses Kochi Iran War Indian Embassy DU Khabar
Written by Deepali Aggarwal

Finally the tribulation has ended with the return of the 46 Indian Nurses to Kochi who were in the captivity of the ISIS militants in the Iran war. Apart from the nurses, a joint-secretary level IFS officer and a woman IAS officer from Kerala were also on the special flight of Air India. The Kerela chief minister Oomen Chandy was present on the airport to welcome the nurses. The families of the nurses were anxiously and eagerly waiting for them since early morning. The CM of the state thanked the Modi government, he said, “The Centre has acted in complete understanding of the deep anxieties of Kerala. The Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy in Iraq have made sincere efforts in securing the release of the nurses. Our main focus was to see that the nurses come back home safely”.
The nurses were really emotional and happy; in tears they kissed the ground. Some of them could not talk for a while. Others fell on chief minister Oommen Chandy’s feet, thanking him for their release. “The entire nation prayed for us. The prayers helped us return unscathed,” said Marina Joseph, one of the nurses.
 The ordeal initiated when a swift ISIS (Islamic State for Iraq and Syria) offensive was launched on June 9.  At this time the nurses were working at a hospital in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit. On Thursday the nurses were forcefully taken and detained in the militant-held city of Mosul, 250 km from Tikrit. After coming out of the airport along with their relatives, the nurses told media persons they went through a traumatic experience. They also said that they would never go back to Iraq for work.
While addressing the press MEA Official Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “Momentum of return of Indian nationals from Iraq gathers pace. 600 more Indian nationals returning home in next 48 hours.”


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