After having nothing but a mattress to sleep on for eight months, Sajeev will finally return to his family in Kollam on Sunday.

Stranded man who lived on a terrace in UAE to return to Kerala philanthropist extends help Photo courtesy VM Sathish
news Human rights Friday, November 25, 2016 - 16:26

Sajeev Rajan, the 46-year-old native of Kollam, Kerala who had been stranded in Ajman has found hope after eight months of living on the terrace of a six-storey building. After his plight was highlighted by Khaleej Times in UAE and other English media, an Indian philanthropist from Oman came forward to help him.

Dr K T Mohammed Rabeeh Rabeeullah, came down to meet Sajeev in Ajman and gave him Dh5,000 for his immediate needs and promised to transfer Rs 10 lakh (1 million) into his account when he returned to Kollam, Sajeev told TNM. 

Dr Rabeeullah is the founder & chairman of the Shifa Al Jazeera Medical Group in UAE.

Sounding much happier than when TNM spoke to him last, Sajeev said that the the Sharjah-based construction company he had been working for has also arranged for his flight tickets back to India. He is supposed to fly back home on Sunday.

As per VM Sathish's report in Khaleej Times, the Indian Consulate has also extended help to Sajeev, and is considering providing him with temporary accommodation and food.

Sajeev's contract with the company had ended in March, after which his employer had evicted him from the company accommodation without clearing his dues. Sajeev had been surviving for the last eight months on the kindness of his fellow workers and people around him, who also helped him arrange the mattress. 

"I have been living on a terrace for months. I have gone without food for many days. I am indebted to the journalists at Khaleej Times who wrote about me. I cannot describe how happy I am now," he told TNM.

Read his story here

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