Stranded Pinoy kids suffering in Saudi tent city

By Raoul Esperas

Posted at May 10 2013 10:07 PM | Updated as of May 11 2013 06:07 AM

MANILA – Around 1,000 Filipino children stranded in Saudi Arabia should be given priority in repatriation to the Philippines, according to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who arrived Friday.

A total of 39 Filipinos who lived at a "tent city" in Jeddah arrived on two commercial flights at the NAIA Terminal 1 Friday afternoon.

Sixteen of them are minors.

Dominador de Guzman Jr., one of the adults who were part of the group, urged President Benigno Aquino to prioritize the immediate evacuation of the children languishing under desert heat at the tent city in Jeddah.

"Dapat unahin ni Pangulong Aquino yung mga bata. Kung kami lang mga matatanda kaya namin, pero iyung mga bata maski sino makakita sa mga ito sobra kang maaawa" de Guzman told ABS-CBN News.

De Guzman, a Pampanga native, said the children and the adults at the tent city are awaiting clearances and financial support for their airfare.
He said the Philippine government should act fast and not wait for somebody to die because of the extreme heat in their makeshift camp.