Balak Shah left Gonauli, Bihar in 2004 at the age of 18. The opportunities were low-waged, thus — he decided to find work in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
Arjun Paswan migrated across the country performing agricultural tasks. For a family of eleven, he’d send Rs. 10,000 back home and limit his expenses to Rs. 1,200.
Saddam Hussain heard about the virus first during his visit to the village for festivities. He returned to Hyderabad three days before the announcement of the lockdown.
Rahul Maurya spent six years working on the assembly line at JBM in Mathura. He was well-informed about the virus because he remained updated through his smartphone.
Niyaz has been in Bhupalapalli doing embroidery work for Rs. 700 a day as opposed to Rs. 1,000 a week in Barabanki. The working environment was stable until the lockdown.
Mohammad Zubair worked as an embroider in Uttar Pradesh. He visited his family for Holi. At the time, there was no threat from the Covid-19 virus.
Mohammad Salim migrated to Maheshwari in Madhya Pradesh with his wife and kids because of the decline in employment opportunities in Bansa.
Mohammad Ayaz spent his past six months in Bhupalapalli working as an embroiderer to a small business owner. He visited home in late February and returned to Hyderabad in March.
Imran operated a power loom in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra for Rs. 9,000 every two weeks. He updated himself concerning the virus through his smartphone.
Amit Kumar worked at Richa Global sewing sports items in Noida, Uttar Pradesh for the past seven years. He earned Rs. 10,332 every month to cover the expenses of a family of three.