The house he payed for back home is finished
In May 2020, the family brought the body of 50-year-old Keramat Ali to Laksam in the Cumilla district of southeastern Bangladesh. He died due to a stroke in Qatar in April of that year. His wife and two children, a son and a daughter, are now struggling to make ends meet. - I am struggling with the interest rates of the loans and I will soon have to take my eleven-year-old out of school and send him to work, says widow Tahmina Akhter. She says that her parents have been able to help a lot, but that it is unsustainable in the long run.
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Keramat Ali, 50, from Laksam in the Cumilla District of southeastern Bangladesh died from a stroke in Qatar.
His family says that he had worked as a driver in The Gulf for several years before he got a large loan to build a house in his home village. The house was finished two years ago, but the payments are still due even if he is gone.
The widow, Tahmina Akhter, and a son and a daughter, are now struggling to make ends meet.
”I have a hard time making the loan payments and the interests on our house,” she says. ”Soon I will have to take my 11-year-old out of school and send him to work.”
Her parents have been able to help a little, but that it’s unsustainable in the long run.
“And thanks to Covid-19 there haven’t been any extra jobs to apply for,” she adds.