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Jakarta Post

Worker returns after decades of no contact

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 17 2018   /  01:25 am

Reunited: Seventy-four-year-old Qibtiyah (second right) meets her family in Jember, East Java, on Tuesday for the first time since she left to work in Saudi Arabia 28 years ago. They lost contact because her employer did not allow her to communicate with her home, extend her passport, or get a residence permit. (Courtesy of Foreign Ministry)Qibtiyah, a 74-year-old migrant worker, was finally returned home and met with her family in Jember, East Java, on Tuesday after being out of contact in Saudi Arabia for almost 30 years.

“Some of the family members believed that this was a miracle,” Chairil Anhar, a case officer with the Foreign Ministry, said on Wednesday. “They had reached the point of resignation, but with the efforts of the Protection Team of the Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh, [she was] finally found.”

Qibtiyah’s eldest son, Saiful Hadi, said his mother left...