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Ailing worker sent back from South Korea

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Rorn Makara (left) at a South Korean airport on February 26. Cambodian Embassy in South Korea

Ailing worker sent back from South Korea

Cambodian ambassador to South Korea Long Dimanche said embassy officials had helped to repatriate a Cambodian worker who has Alzheimer disease to Cambodia after he got better there.

Dimanche told The Post on February 28 that Rorn Makara was a worker in a spare parts factory and also an installer of refrigerators south of Busan city.

After the embassy’s intervention, Makara was taken to hospital for treatment until he was better. Embassy officials then prepared documents for him to return to Cambodia as he had lost some important documents, including passport and identification card at his work place.

“He is now in Cambodia and in quarantine for 14 days at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh,” Dimanche said.

According to Dimanche, during the flight from South Korea to Cambodia on February 26, Makara was escorted by the embassy team to inside the airport.

Before that, Dimanche said officials had told some of Makara’s colleagues as well as some Cambodian workers in South Korea who happened to travel to Cambodia on the same flight to help take care of him. Officials had also contacted his family in Cambodia to come and take him home upon his arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport.

Separately, Dimanche confirmed to the Post that the embassy had also heard from a Cambodian woman named Duch Ratana who had married a Korean man and disappeared after she went to live with him in Seoul for more than two months.

He said that for two days after the embassy announced its search for her on its official Facebook page on February 22, the woman commented via the page saying she was “safe”, but did not say where she was staying.

The embassy urged her to report to them and explain why she had run away from her husband’s home so that it could legally intervene in the case.


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