Refugees are people who have been displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution without access to fundamental rights such as quality healthcare, employment, and freedom of movement. After the Covid-19 lockdown, millions of migrants virtually became refugees in this country. The anxiety of infectious disease, confinement and isolation, social stigma, discrimination, unemployment, and uncertainty about their future also harmed their mental well being.
This grave humanitarian crisis and the accompanying financial & logistical challenges required multi-agency collaboration and scaled-up response. Aahwahan Foundation swung into action and communicated with socially-conscious groups. The response from an individual at IIT Mumbai and the alumni from the National Law School was swift and decisive.
An action plan was created – establishing a database of the migrants, determining the financial & logistics requirements, coordinating with government agencies for permits, etc. A cohesive team was formed to implement the action plan.
On 31st 2020, a batch of migrants, totaling 160 flew from Mumbai to Ranchi. For the outside world, it was just another flight taking off; for the migrants, it was a flight to freedom. The memory of this journey would stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Braja Kishore Pradhan, Nitesh Kumar, Bhuvnesh Soni, Manasi Jena, Amrita Rai,
The Alumni from the National Law School