Kashmiri Students Return from Ukraine To Teary Reunion

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Srinagar- As many as 10 Kashmiri students, who returned from the war zone Ukraine, were warmly recieved by their families as they finally touched down at the Srinagar Airport on Friday after being caught up in the middle of war for over five days.

At the same time, parents were relieved to see their children return safely. Emotional scenes were witnessed as soon as these students met their parents. Tears were seen in the eyes of the parents who had been anxious about their children all these days.

Amid an ongoing war in Ukraine, parents at Srinagar airport were also seen comforting their children as they hugged and thanked almighty for their children’s safe return.

Notably, these ten students had arrived safely in New Delhi at 5 AM on Thursday via a specially launched rescue flight under Government of India’s Operation Ganga that was launched to bring back stranded Indian students from Ukraine, Poland, Hungary and Romania.

Earlier, 18 Kashmiri students had landed at Delhi Airport in these evacuation flights from Poland and Romania. 13 of these students were flown back to Delhi from Romania while 5 others were brought back from Poland.

Shahid Habib, one of the students who landed at Srinagar Airport on Friday, told Kashmir Observer that the situation in Ukraine is extremely dangerous.

“Many of our friends are still trapped there. They should be brought in quickly as they do not have any facilities at present and their difficulties are constantly increasing due to the intensifying war. The students have no food to eat at the moment. There are many Indian students who are still staying in university hostels. Several students have not been able to get out of the bunkers for the past two days,” Shahid said.

Shahid says reaching home wasn’t as easy as it sounds as the journey from Kharkiv—where these students were putting up in an underground basement—to Moldova was frought with risks.

Pertinently, ten more Kashmiri students are expected to land on Srinagar Airport from Delhi. These students were stranded in Ukraine for more than six days and had come back to Delhi via Budapest. Earlier, on the day, 5 members of a family had landed at Srinagar Airport.

National Spokesperson of J&K Students Association Nasir Kheuhami confirmed to Kashmir Observer that 10 more Kashmiri students will reach Srinagar on Saturday.

“These students were stranded in Ukraine and came back via Romania to Delhi. J&K Government has arranged their Boarding for tomorrow & for now; they have been shifted to J&K House Delhi.” Nasir added.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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