Hungry and thirsty, Mohammed Tanveer walked and hitchhiked 1,900 kilometres home after losing his job in the first coronavirus wave in 2020 – and, like many Indian migrants, has promised never to work so far from his family again.
Tanveer is now doing manual work in a marble factory near the capital, New Delhi, 1,000km (621 miles) west of his village in eastern Bihar state. He is much happier.
“I got married 10 years ago but for the first time, I’ve got my wife and two children with me. They live with me now. This was not an option living in Chennai,” he said, referring to his previous job, also in a marble factory, in southern India.
“I often worried what if someone in my family fell ill? How long would it take me to get home? … I decided never again will I travel this far for work,” Tanveer told
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