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Nepal's overseas migrant workers face tough decisions after quake
Nepal's overseas migrant workers face tough decisions after quake

The destruction on television and his family's despondent voices on the other end of the phone overpowered Shivaram Pariyar. The 31-year-old construction worker summoned the courage to approach his supervisor at their office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and told him he had to return home to Nepal immediately. The man, an Indian national, was unsympathetic. "The TV always exaggerates," he said. Pariyar pleaded with him, "Look how bad it is!" It was not a simple case of a worker requesting unscheduled time off. The Saudi construction company was holding Pariyar's passport, and he was not entitled to a holiday until he had completed two years of service. He had...

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