OFW in Riyadh waiting for repatriation dies

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A distressed overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) died over the weekend a belated report disclosed.

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John Leonard Monterona of Migrante International-Saudi Arabia said Jose Berja, an undocumented migrant worker, suffered a fatal cardiac arrest on March 12 while he was staying at Estiraha, a temporary shelter provided by the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Exit 8, Riyadh.

Berja was fetched by an ambulance from the government shelter reportedly at about 4 p.m. and was brought to the nearby Mouwasat Hospital.

A Filipino contact at the hospital said Berja died at about 7 p.m. of the same day.

No concrete details on Berja’s identity were available at this writing, except that he was around 50 years old who either ran away or was abandoned by his employer.

Berja was said to be afflicted with diabetes and an amputee when he was admitted to Estiraha on February 23.

It was learned that Berja’s wife is also in Riyadh working as a staff at Bahay Kalinga, a women’s shelter managed by the Philippine government.

Monterona said there are at least 60 stranded OFWs who are confined at the center while pleading assistance for their repatriation.

Two other distressed OFWs also died last year while seeking refuge at the Estiraha.

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