By Thai Newsroom Reporters
ONE HUNDRED AND ONE Thai workers currently stranded in Uzbekistan have desperately urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to send a special flight from Bangkok to Tashkent to bring them back home sooner than scheduled.
Saravut Seethong, a native of Udorn Thani, called his wife in the northeastern province, to help him and his colleagues, including 27 who have been reportedly infected with the coronavirus in Uzbekistan, with their demand for a special flight to quickly get them back home.
Uzbekistan is not going to reopen Tashkent airport until August 15 but the Thai workers, most of whom already remain jobless in Uzbekistan, repeatedly called for urgent help from the Thai prime minister.
Given the reported infection of the 27 colleagues, who have been separated from the others in living quarters provided by their Uzbekistan employers, fears have prevailed to the extent that any other workers might be the next ones with infection, Saravut was quoted as saying.
The employers have handed out food for free, mostly boiled eggs, fried sausages and rice, to the stranded Thai workers who have been desperately waiting for Tashkent airport to reopen and for a chartered airplane to fly them back home as soon as possible.
Most have declined to have their employment contracts extended in the face of the pandemic in the Central Asian country.
Saravut categorically dismissed hearsay that his colleagues would eventually burn down the camps in protest of an ongoing delay in effort to bring them back home, saying they were merely airing their frustrations without intent to do so in the first place.
Top: A needlework artist at the Registan in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Photo: David Stanley (CC BY 2.0)
Below: View from the city walls, Khiva, Uzbekistan. Photo: Fulvio Spada (CC BY-SA 2.0)