Rescuing Hearts: Indian Consulate’s Lifeline to Starving Hyderabadi Syeda in Chicago

    In a heartwarming display of compassion, the Consulate General of India in Chicago, US, has extended a lifeline to Syeda Zaidi, a 37-year-old woman from Hyderabad, who was tragically found Hungering on the unforgiving streets of Chicago last week. This tale of despair and hope has captured the essence of humanity’s interconnectedness, as the consulate’s gesture offers a glimmer of light in her darkest hours.

    In a tweet that resonates with empathy, the consulate shared, “Happy that we could contact Ms. Syeda Zaidi & offered help, including medical assistance & travel to India. She is fit and has spoken to her mother in India. She is yet to respond to our offer of support to return to India. We stand ready to extend all assistance to her.”

    Syeda Zaidi‘s journey to pursue her dreams in the US began in August 2021 when she embarked on a master’s degree at Trine University in Detroit. Initially, her family back in Hyderabad remained connected to her aspirations and progress. Yet, a disheartening twist of fate saw her connection with them wane about two months ago, leaving them worried and bereft of information about her well-being.

    A video that surfaced recently exposed the depths of Zaidi’s suffering – a frail figure, lost in confusion, her belongings reduced to a mere handful, and her strength failing her. The video caught a compassionate man offering her solace and a promise of food, urging her to return to the embrace of her homeland, where care and support awaited her.

    Moved by Syeda Zaidi’s plight, Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader Khaleequr Rahman shared a heartfelt letter written by Zaidi’s mother, Fatima, addressed to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. In her poignant letter, Fatima bared her anguish, explaining that her daughter had succumbed to depression and the dire grip of starvation after being robbed of her possessions. She pleaded for the minister’s intervention to bring her daughter back home to India, where she could find solace and healing.

    In the face of adversity, the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Consulate in Chicago displayed their commitment to human welfare. While Zaidi’s immediate travel remained a challenge due to her health condition, their determination to bring her back to her roots was unshaken. Plans were set in motion to reunite her with her parents, despite their lack of passports – a testament to the spirit of unity that transcends borders.

    From Desolation to Hope: Consulate Rescues Starving Hyderabadi Syeda Zaidi in Chicago

    In a touching gesture of unity, the Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) sought assistance from Telangana IT Minister KTR to secure passports and visas for Syeda Zaidi’s parents through the US Consulate in Hyderabad. This coming together of efforts showcases the collective goodwill that can emerge in the face of adversity.

    Zaidi’s story is a reminder that even in the depths of despair, human kindness can emerge as a guiding light. As the consulate extends its helping hand and the community rallies behind her, a bridge is being built across oceans and continents, spanning compassion and love. This story, with all its twists and turns, stands as a testament to the unbreakable bonds that make us truly one global family.


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