Released Indian nurses abducted in Iraq, return home
Saturday, July 05, 2014 - 01:36
Nearly 50 Indian nurses abducted by suspected Islamist militants in Iraq have been released and arrived home. Sarah Toms reports.
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Scenes of jubilation in India's Kerala state.
Relatives and friends crowd the international airport in Kochi city to see their loved ones once again.
Forty six nurses, who were working in Iraq and abducted by suspected Islamist militants have finally come home.
For weeks, they'd been stranded in a hospital in the city of Tikrit, which had been taken over by ISIL rebels in fierce fighting with the Iraqi government.
Many thought they wouldn't make it back alive.
. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANOTHER NURSE ABDUCTED IN IRAQ, MARINA (NO SURNAME GIVEN) SAYING:
"Two days back we really felt disturbed and we were thinking about our family. Now, finally I have reached here I am so happy because I saw my children and they are also very happy. If I wouldn't have come, they would have become orphan.
(Q. Did you ever imagine that you will come back?)
A. No, I never imagined. I thought I will never come back. I thought, (in), last two days I am finished. These are my last days."
The nurses were moved on Thursday against their will and held in a building in Mosul.
Before boarding a flight in Iraq, one nurse said her abductors had not harmed them.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) RELEASED NURSE WHO REFUSED TO GIVE NAME, SAYING:
"From the evening to today morning around 11am we are with them...... but it's OK because they provided food, accommodation and whatever we wanted they provided and if we want do something we talk to them, they bring it from outside. They kept saying you are Indian nurses, we are not targeting you, only the other people, like armies, like that."
Safe and away from the fighting they can finally spare a smile, as they're reunited with loved ones after the long ordeal.
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