India – Bagaicha Jesuit Social Centre Reaches out to Stranded Migrants

India went into a 3-week lockdown due to Corona Pandemic on 25th March.  A short, four-hour notice for the shutdown effectively trapped the country’s 470 million migrant workers in no man’s land. Panicked migrants from large cities undertook their journey back home on foot, some even 500 – 600 kms. In spite of the lockdown, the Jesuits in Bagaicha Social Centre, Ranchi established a network to reach out to stranded migrant labourers across India. Sebastian Lakra, who manages the Migrant desk at Bagaicha says, “We used the social media platform to make an appeal. Soon we received calls, whatsapp messages from migrant labourers from Goa, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra, Haryana, Mumbai, Delhi etc. From Bagaicha, we reached out to our Jesuit social institutes across these states and other civil society organizations and put them in contact with the migrants. Till date we have reached out to more than 4,000 of them.” Read more…