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Fluent English helps lost woman find home after 32 yrs

Fluent English helps lost woman find home after 32 yrs
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A 62yearold woman who lost about 30years ago was handed over to her kin by a voluntary organisation Her sound knowledge about English language increased the curiosity of NGO, which was able to extract her home State and location in Assam

Dabeerpura: A 62-year-old woman who lost about 30-years ago was handed over to her kin by a voluntary organisation. Her sound knowledge about English language increased the curiosity of NGO, which was able to extract her home State and location in Assam.

Rasheeda Begum, who drifted away after she lost her mental balance following death of her infant son started living as a homeless till she was found by an NGO Sani Welfare Association run by Syed Osman Azhar Maqsusi at Dabeerpura recently. To his surprise, Maqsusi who spoke to her while serving ‘meals for destitude’ near Dabeerpura flyover found that she could speak in English. This generated interest to know about her background and he found her to be a Post Graduate (MA) in English, prior to the tragedy that struck her hard.

He further probed to find her nativity and was able to obtain some locations in Assam, where her kin still resided. Later, he tried to contact her brothers and sisters in Assam with the help of local NGOs there and was able to reach out to her siblings who are still residing in the addresses provided by Rasheeda Begum. “Five years ago she reached Hyderabad and for some time she was staying under Dabeerpura flyover. After I was amazed with her English speaking skills I decided to find her roots and sought to know the location of her native place,” he said.

A few years back she was traced by her family members with the help of another NGO, but by the time her kin could reach her to pick up she had once again had drifted away. But this time, Sani Welfare Association ensured that Rasheeda was handed over to her sister, who specially visited from Assam to pick her up. The younger sister Hasna Begum took her along after completing the formalities with the NGO and local administration.

“She gave four addresses, and we forwarded her details to another NGO based in Assam. Thanks to the representatives of the volunteer organization who traced out his sister and ended in happy reunion,” sighed Maqsusi, who is known for arranging daily meals for destitute under Dabeerpura flyover.

BY Syed Mujtaba Hussain Abidi

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