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A Long Walk Home

With no work and food, migrant workers and their families continue to walk and cycle back to their homes even as railways has started running special trains and passenger trains. Some of them said they started walking after being unable to register for travel on the special trains.

May 12, 2020

Migrants walking home were stopped by police at Delhi-UP border during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, in New Delhi.

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With no money or food left, many migrants have started walking or cycling back home.

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Even though the Railways started passenger trains, many workers couldn’t afford rail tickets.

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Desperate to reach their homes, but with public transport suspended and movement restricted, many have resorted to walking or using whatever private vehicles are available.

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Most of these migrant workers are from Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.

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A pregnant migrant worker was stopped by Delhi Police at ITO bus stand, in New Delhi.

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Migrant workers at ITO bus stand in New Delhi.

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Migrant workers at NH24 highway walking back home during the nationwide lockdown in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Migrant workers travelling to their villages were stopped by the Delhi police at Delhi Secretariat.

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Migrants cycling home sit on a pavement after being stopped by the police at Delhi Secretariat.

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