Since the new crown pneumonia (COVID-19) epidemic, Hong Kong and the Mainland have been closed for more than a year and a half. Many people who need to travel between the two places to live across the border have been disrupted. Especially the "two-way mothers" who take care of their children in Hong Kong are very.
Ms. Lin, whose hometown is in Jiangmen, Guangdong, is one of them. She came to Hong Kong with a "two-way permit" to take care of her daughter and husband with mild mental illness and mildly mentally handicapped. She stayed in Hong Kong for three months at a time and stayed in Hong Kong during the epidemic. During this period, you need to apply to the Immigration Department one by one for extension of stay.
Until late July this year, under the urging of the public security immigration agency in her hometown, she decided to take her husband back to the hometown to handle the final procedures of the one-way permit and receive the one-way permit.
According to the facts, this journey back and forth has resulted in the difficulty of paying more than 10,000 yuan for the quarantine hotel, the "circling" administrative procedures of the quarantine, the mental pressure of the husband's long-term suspension of work and worrying about the insecurity of work, and even the lack of care for his daughter being left in Hong Kong. Dilemma.
The last side of my mother is a one-way pass, "I have to return to many difficulties."
Ms. Lin, 49, has had a relationship with Hong Kong for more than ten years.
She and her ex-husband gave birth to a "double-fee" daughter in Hong Kong in 2010. Since then, she has often needed to travel between China and Hong Kong to take care of her daughter's life.
Later, she divorced her ex-husband and began to wait for the one-way permit after marrying her husband Mr. Liang in June 2017.
However, Mr. Liang's intelligence is only at the level of elementary school students. In recent years, he has suffered from mild mental illness and needs medication and care.
Ms. Lin was urged to return to her hometown to obtain a one-way permit, which should have been something to be happy about, but it became a major concern for her after the epidemic was sealed.
(Provided by interviewee)
On July 26 this year, the immigration authority of Ms. Lin’s hometown called and urged her to take her husband back to the countryside of Jiangmen, Guangdong to complete the last meeting of the one-way permit application. She also pointed out that if the documents were not received on August 5, she would need to reschedule. Expect.
In the past two years since the epidemic, considering the time and cost of isolation, Ms. Lin did not go back to the mainland as much as possible. Even when her mother passed away in May this year, she failed to go back to deal with the funeral.
This time, I was reminded by the mainland that "several difficulties must be returned," and the time is tight and he must set off immediately.
So she went to the office of Mr LEUNG Mei-fun for help, learned of the customs clearance procedures for returning to the Mainland, and submitted the relevant application with assistance.
However, Ms. Lin's family conditions are not well-off. With her husband's street sweeping salary and government assistance, she maintains the family's daily expenses.
So she sought help from a social worker, and borrowed 20,000 Hong Kong dollars as expenses on the road.
Before leaving, she had a lot of worries in her heart-she was worried that the expenses exceeded expectations, that her daughter's life and studies would be affected, and she was also worried that her husband's mental condition would deteriorate.
Unfortunately, these worries eventually become reality.
It took 40 days for Ms. Lin to return to her hometown to collect the one-way permit, and she ran out of 20,000 Hong Kong dollars in loans.
Claimed to be forced to stay at your hotel: if you don’t have money, you just wait for the court to pursue it
On July 31, Ms. Lin received a nucleic acid test in Baitian Community, Shek Kip Mei. After receiving the test report at 9 a.m. the next day, she and her husband rushed to the Shenzhen Bay Port at 10 a.m. to line up and successfully passed the customs at 12 a.m.
Until 1:30 in the afternoon, local officials dispatched buses to carry inbound passengers and took them to the Qingxi Vienna Hotel in Dongguan for isolation.
When hearing the hotel’s 500 yuan (RMB. Same below) accommodation fee per night, she and the passengers on the bus immediately protested: “I don’t know how to go to Dongguan for isolation, but I want to stay in your hotel. I don’t think about our economy. condition".
Some travellers have asked for a return trip back to Hong Kong, while others have asked for a change to a cheaper hotel.
Ms. Lin showed the photo, saying that several tourists refused to pay for the accommodation, and even lay on the floor of the lobby. The police reminded that "there is no money, and it will only be recovered by the court."
But she felt that asking for a return trip was useless. After all, she had to get things done when she came back, and she didn't have the energy to argue, so she checked in with her husband.
▼ Ms. Lin questioned that the cost of quarantining the hotel is too high ▼
Isolation and inadequate food questioned ``epidemic prevention loopholes''
During the quarantine stay, Ms. Lin felt that the lunch box tasted poor and the serving size was small. "An extra 85 yuan is charged for the daily meal. I don’t have a full meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it’s so spicy that I don’t want to eat." She has abdominal pain and other symptoms. But they can only see a doctor after the quarantine is lifted.
She said that nucleic acid testing and isolation cost a total of 10,000 Hong Kong dollars.
On the morning of August 15th, Ms. Lin and her husband ended their isolation trip in Dongguan, and then set off to return to their hometown in Jiangmen. They had taken inter-city and intra-city buses on the way. For a time, she did not know how to use the health code. She was helped by enthusiastic passengers. Finally succeeded in showing it.
Later, after arriving in the countryside of Jiangmen, the community center was closed again, asking them to complete the 7-day home isolation, and the family members who originally lived in the village had to move out.
▼ Ms. Lin criticized the "loophole" between the two quarantines ▼
Ms. Lin believes that they have been moving freely on the way from Dongguan to Jiangmen. "Many people on the road don't wear masks. If we have pneumonia, we would have been at risk of infection." She questioned the loopholes in the epidemic prevention policy: "Since we need to be quarantined again when we go home, why? It’s not a unified pick-up and drop off in the middle to isolate it from the outside world? And I have seen my family members, do they have a chance to be infected?"
Daughter cries for "Quickly come back", husband bursts into pressure
Ms. Lin's husband has been a cleaner for more than 7 years, and because he must return to the mainland together, he took a long vacation.
Ms. Lin pointed out that because of the highly substitutability of this job, her husband was very worried about being "fired" at the time: "If someone does a left-hand job, Qu Mi won't start."
The tiredness and restlessness of the boats and cars also make the husband, who is already in poor mental condition, feel more nervous and irritable.
When Ms. Lin and her husband return to their hometown, her daughter and her grandmother who is over eighty years old must depend on each other for life.
(Provided by interviewee)
The daughter who usually has to take piano lessons outside of class refuses to live in the children's dormitory provided by the social welfare agency for the flexibility of time, and lives at home with her 80-year-old grandmother.
Seeing that school was about to start, her daughter cried over the phone and begged her parents to "come back soon," and she cried bitterly together with her daughter.
Because the daughter used an elderly phone and could not use WeChat, the two had to pay high long-distance phone charges. Ms. Lin alone was deducted more than 900 yuan.
Receive a one-way permit and return to Hong Kong to find a job to subsidize the family
Until August 23, after Ms. Lin and her husband lifted their home isolation, they rushed to the local public security branch for a one-way pass meeting, which was 18 days later than the official request.
The local public security bureau did not be as harsh as originally said, but handled the one-way permit formalities for them.
▼ Ms. Lin had abdominal pain during isolation, and she can only seek medical treatment after isolation ▼
After the meeting, her husband, Mr. Leung, immediately returned to Hong Kong. Although he was not paid in August, he was not "fired" fortunately.
Ms. Lin finally rushed to the hospital for an examination on August 24 after being isolated for abdominal pain for nearly three weeks. It was found that a uterine fibroids had grown to the size of an egg.
The doctor urged her to perform an operation to remove the uterus as soon as possible, but in order to go back to take care of her daughter as soon as possible, and unable to pay for the operation, she decided to "delay it for a while."
This trip used up the 20,000 yuan borrowed by Ms. Lin. After receiving the one-way permit, she did not have any extra money to take the subway when she returned to Hong Kong, so she took a bus to Tuen Mun and then transferred to Mong Kok.
As for the phone bills derived from this trip, they have to rely on government consumer vouchers to pay.
Ms. Lin said that she would find a job to supplement her family, but the future is still very long. She hopes that the government will see the difficulties of disadvantaged families and provide more assistance policies.
▼ Ms. Lin returned to Hong Kong to complete the quarantine and get rid of the status of "Two-way Permit Mother"▼
Although she will no longer be a "two-way card mother," the painstaking journey over the past few years has become a lifetime memory. She knows herself coldly and warmly, and she also hopes that her own experience can become a beacon that illuminates the way for others.
Ms. Lin also expects that the isolation policy in the Mainland will be more humane.
She knows many "two-way mothers". When one of them returned to the mainland for isolation recently, not only was he not assigned to a luxury hotel, but even had no air conditioner, which led to fainting during the isolation period. Fortunately, there was no major problem after being sent to the doctor, which made everyone falsely shocked. One game.
The Social Welfare Department stated that holders of two-way permits can also receive preventive, supportive and remedial welfare services.
(Photo/Social Welfare Department)
SWD: Provides a series of services for two-way permit holders
In response to the family financial difficulties during the stay in Hong Kong for "Two-way Permit Mothers", the Social Welfare Department responded to the 01 query and pointed out that there are currently 65 integrated family service centers operated by the Social Welfare Department and subvented non-governmental organizations and two in Hong Kong. The Integrated Service Center provides a series of preventive, supportive and remedial welfare services for people in need and their families, including family members of Hong Kong residents who come to Hong Kong with a "Travel Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macau" (two-way permit).
The SWD pointed out that people or families in need can go to the Integrated Family Service Center/Integrated Service Center for counselling or counselling services, family life education, parent-child activities, group services (including support/mutual aid groups), etc. The family needs to follow up the case or provide referral services.
The SWD continues to point out that if the relevant family has financial difficulties, social workers will also refer them to apply for appropriate financial assistance, such as the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme, emergency financial assistance, short-term food assistance, etc.
If the relevant person’s emotional distress needs further assistance, the social worker will refer those in need to receive clinical psychological services or mental health services as soon as possible.
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