Lebanese man stranded in Ecuador airport for over a month

A Lebanese man named Nizam Hussein Shalak has been trapped in the Ecuadorian Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport for over 42 days after someone stole his passport and credit cards. The 56-year-old man has been sleeping in one of the airport’s terminals while waiting for a solution. He was a tourist in Ecuador and was returning to Lebanon via Spain. When he arrived in Spain, he realized that his wallet was missing. Shalak was sent back to Ecuador. He is using airline coupons for food and showers every 4-5 days. People are using Google Translate to communicate with him since he does not speak Spanish. The nearest Lebanese consulate is located in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. However, it has been unresponsive to issue travel documents. According to a


, his friend sent the embassy the copies of his passport and ID. A police report will be prepared, and the consulate will grant him a laissez-passer which will help the man get back home after weeks of struggles.

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