An unscrupulous village agent arranged for Heem, a man in western Nepal, to fly to Malaysia for a furniture-making job. Things didn’t turn out the way Heem was promised they would
Heem, a man in Nepal:
There is an agent in our village. He asked me if I’d like to go to a foreign country. I had to pay the air ticket myself. And I had to pay the agent. I had a medical checkup before going abroad.
I went to Malaysia to make furniture. I did packing. There was sawdust.
We men slept in a small barracks room. There was a fan but no windows. It was hot.
By the eighth month I was there, I had trouble breathing. I had a fever and there was blood when I coughed. I was very thin.
I worked there for about a year. I got paid only 90,000 rupees (800 euros). When I returned to Nepal, I had tuberculosis and leprosy.
I took medicine for a long time. Now I feel better.
Caritas Nepal’s partner gave us a loan to buy chickens. Now we sell the chickens and make a little profit, especially during festival time.