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#MigrantLivesMatter Stories of an India that most of us don't want to admit it exists.

600 workers denied an exit from Bangalore today. No guarantees of when they'll reach home. (1/n)

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Group of construction workers thrown out by their employer. House owner increased rent, didn't return advance. They are cycling to Motihari, Bihar from Bengaluru (2/n) #MigrantLivesMatter
They have tried everything possible, train, vehicle, Seva Sindhu. Now cycling home from Bangalore to Bihar. They had few packets of dry noodles & empty water bottles for company. #MigrantLivesMatter
Police: We are following orders, we are doing our duty, we are humans too. We have never seen such larger scale suffering (4/n)

#MigrantWorkers #MigrantLabourers #MigrantLivesMatter
Some manage to escape police check points, some are being sent back to Bangalore. Nobody knows when the workers can get home. Nobody. (5/n)

Eyewitness account of mass migration happening in our vicinity. He has seen thousands of people walk by. Many were desperate for food & water. (6/n)

Good samaritans like Muddu Shekar Reddy of Chilamathur are distributing food and water (near Bagepalli) to those walking on the highway for the past few days. Watch out for his interview I'll be posting soon. He has seen thousands of people walk by. (7/n)

Rajkumar Pal of Bhundi village, MP lost his job, ran out of food & money to stay in Coimbatore. With whatever money he had , he hitched a ride on a truck till Bangalore, then paid Rs 700 to get to KA-AP border, only to be asked to go back. (8/n)

80 daily wage labourers (3 children) spent their last remaining savings to pay for this truck to get them from Coimbatore to home in UP. They paid the truck owner a grand total of 2.5 lakhsthe owner scooted with most of the money, leaving the driver with just enough for fuel(9/n)
While you sipped your morning coffee from the comforts of your home during the #LockDown, there has been an exodus of people who built your homes. They are carrying their belongings in the same paint buckets that once had the paint of your homes.


Some people like Muddu Shekar Reddy restore faith in Humanity. Listen to him, I don't have much to say.


Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar. Can you imagine walking from Bangalore? Try looking up a map, how many 10,000 steps does that need?


Why are people walking home? What has the government done? Is it possible for employers to implement PM's request to pay workers? Was #LockDown thought through at all?

You might find some answers if you listen to Raj Kumar Pal of Madhya Pradesh.


ನಮ್ಮ ಊರಿನ ಹಲವಾರು ಕಟ್ಟಡಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ವಲಸೆ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಬೆವರು ಬೆರೆತಿದೆ, ಅದನ್ನು ಮರೆಯಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವೇ? (14/n)

#MigrantLivesMatter #GovtTakeMigrantsHome
One thing that the privileged may never understand fully : Dignity

We met hundreds of walking labourers. Not one, not a single person ever asked for help. Not for money, not for food, nothing. They just marched. Can you fathom that?


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