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A Sri Lankan man who lived in Caracas’s international airport in Venezuela for four months has mysteriously disappeared, news reports said.

Gizmodo.com reports that the man who is originally from Sri Lanka came to Venezuela without a visa. As there is no Sir Lanka embassy or consulate in Venezuela, they couldn’t start the process to return him to his original country.

The man, named Parameswaran, was instructed not to leave the building because he didn’t have any documents.

Parameswaran relied on the help from airport workers as he had no money of his own. He slept on the floor of the airport’s international terminal and washed in the public restrooms.

The Digital Journal reports that there was confusion about where exactly the man had arrived from, with Manuel Gago, a representative of Amnesty International in Venezuela, maintaining that the man arrived in Caracas from Mexico where he embarked by mistake on a flight to Venezuela.

This is not the first time a man has used an airport as his residence. Mehran Karimi Nasseri, the Iranian who lived in Charles de Gaulle’s Terminal One from August 1988 to July 2006 was made famous when his autobiography was used as the basis for the movie The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks.

Parameswaran’s story was well-known after his story was put on YouTube (in Spanish).

The authorities can’t say if he has returned to Sir Lanka or if he has stayed in the country.
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  • peter Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:05 AM

    Kaputa thinks all tamils are criminal. Are the criminals in prisons all tamils? Kaputa should wake up and not behave like a real kaputa that is dirty and eat rubbish.

    helloputha Tuesday, 29 May 2012 09:52 AM

    Was he kidnapped??

    Kadiya Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:33 AM

    Looks like he is well fed and in good spirit!

    citizen1 Wednesday, 30 May 2012 01:23 PM

    How can one be in good spirits living at an airport 24/7? He was probably being pleasant for the camera.

    Kaputa Tuesday, 29 May 2012 12:12 PM

    Now he is a Sri Lankan man, but all along a Tamil. These people are really criminals.

    jeevan Wednesday, 30 May 2012 07:19 AM

    kaputa shut up..wash u r mouth learn how lives with other community war is over be nice with tamils...

    Truth Tuesday, 29 May 2012 12:53 PM

    No worries he will be in Canada.

    I know people travel to South American countries and from there they make a road trip to Canada.

    We can find him easily; may be now he is crossing USA. If you go near Alberta or British Columbia then you can see him crossing.

    On the other hand; why does it takes 4 months for the authorities to issue an emergency document.

    Saleem Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:07 PM

    No compassion or humanity left in some.

    Dee Tuesday, 29 May 2012 07:46 AM

    "terminal 2"


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