A Home Away From Home

The New Indian Express Chennai|May 30, 2020

A Home Away From Home
For hundreds of stranded migrants, this school is a solace
Ashok Subramaniam

Klyan Mandal and family just had their most-expensive auto ride in their whole life, but they are still hopeful of getting back home to Raipur in Chhattisgarh. Sitting inside the St Joseph’s Anglo Indian Boys’ school premises in Vepery, along with his wife Vijeshwari Mandal and their one-year-old daughter, he counts himself as one of the lucky few to have found a space to stay, though it’s out in the open.

Klyan, a construction labourer, had to shell out a whopping ₹1,200 for an auto ride from Guduvanchery to Nehru Stadium, near the Central Station. However, when the family got there, the hopes of going back home crashed. They found out that there was no train leaving for the State on Friday.

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