As the Russian Air Force is striking targets in Ukraine, the parents of some 70 medical and engineering students in that country who hail from Mewat, the Meo Muslim-majority district of Haryana, are a worried lot.
The students have conveyed to their families that all the essential services including traffic have come to a standstill. They are desperate to return as soon as possible.
The families are at least relieved that the mobile phones across the war-hit Ukraine are still functioning and their children can convey their status frequently through video calls. The family members have remained glued to their television sets to know about the latest developments.
Mohammad Irshad, son of Tayyab Hussain of Nai village, is a fourth-year medical student at Uzhort National University. There are 30 students from Mewat in the same college.
He said that they are located about 1100 kilometers away from Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. Though there has been no attack so far, they keep on hearing sounds of bomb blasts.
He said all the students of Mewat are in touch with the Embassy of India. “All the students living here are very worried about the Ukraine-Russia war.”
Mohammad Saad, son of Israel of Patkhori village, is also in Ukraine. He told Awaz-the voice that he is studying medicine at Khar Q National Medical University. Awaiz Hussain from Nuh in Mewat is also a medical student in the same university. He says they feel unsafe and the university administration has banned them from venturing out of the campus. The authorities are planning to send them to a safer place soon.
Mohammad Ahmed, a resident of Punhana, told that his younger brother Rehan Khan, son of Dr. Qutubullah Khan, who has been studying medicine in Ukraine for four years says he has returned in October.
Sahil and Wasim Khan are enrolled in the Uzhord National University. Sahil told his family that they are safe yet they wish to return home given the uncertain situation.
Their family members are very scared and nervous and are asking the government to bring their sons to India at the earliest.
Many families have already sold their land and property to raise money for supporting their children’s education in the CIS countries and now they have to raise additional funds to buy tickets for their midterm return home.
Congress MLA from Nuh Aftab Ahmed told Awaz-the voice that 60 to 70 students from the Mewat region are studying the medical universities of Ukraine.
He has demanded from the central government, Haryana, and Mewat administration to bring the students of Mewat to India immediately. Along with this, he has also appealed to the government and airline agencies to take the airfare as before.