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Stuck in Nepal by Nitu Ghale

STUCK IN NEPAL: Raj (name changed), 27, works as a welder in Saudi Arabia. He had been gone for four years when he decided it was time to visit his family five months ago. As he was preparing to leave, Nepal went into a nationwide lockdown, and Raj has been stuck in Nepal. He earns […]

Monsoon Brings Pain by Padam Bhatta

Asharam Chaudhary, 40, of Bhajani, Kailali used to have a house he shared with his family of four but the floods came five days ago and inundated his house. Now he and his family live under a tarpaulin on the side of the highway. Two thousand families have been displaced and more than 100 houses […]

No End To Hard Times by Nitu Ghale

Nisha, 23, is from Humla and Dilkumari, 22 is from Dailekh. As transgender women living in Kathmandu, Nisha and Dilkumari have to deal everyday with social stigma, economic barriers and lack of access to services, and the COVID-19 pandemic has ripped their lives apart. While the government-imposed lockdown has ended, Nisha and Dilkumari’s troubles are […]

Frontline Caregivers by Nitu Ghale

Ram Karan Thakur’s daughter-in-law Devika was getting treatment in Mirchaya Hospital in Siraha for two days but the doctors could not diagnose her ailment. They referred her to Patan Hospital in Lalitpur. Thakur booked an ambulance and he, Devika, and his four-month-old granddaughter made their way to Kathmandu. There was no one at Siraha to […]

Abandoned by Krishnamaya Upadhayay

Man Bahadur Kuwar, and Gorikala Sunar, are a blind couple who live in a cowshed in the Bhotanchaur Village, Jumla. Originally from Sarmigaun, the community in their home village will not let them live there. “We are not accepted by the society because we married outside our castes,” says Kunwar. Before the pandemic they were […]

Not a drop left by Nitu Ghale

‘Wash Your Hands To Avoid Corona’ say slogans on top of the 11 tanks and washbasins in Lalitpur set by Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL), the company that manages Kathmandu Valley’s water and sanitation. These 11 tanks, along with bars of soaps, were set up in March to help residents to avoid infection. Four months […]

Dateline Birgunj – III by Madhuri Mahato

“The number of cases was already going down, shops were opening, people were feeling safe to get back to work. There was a sense of normalcy returning to Birgunj. But that didn’t last long because the cases started surging. We heard that people are dying in hospitals. Now there is a curfew in the city. […]

Dateline Birgunj – II by Madhuri Mahato

Nepal’s Finance Minister announced last week that the lockdown had been lifted. Immediately afterwards, doctors and public health experts were already seeing a surge in cases of COVID-19 infections. Three days in, Birgunj has declared an indefinite curfew to control the virus. “I am really worried. Lockdown has been extremely difficult and they say that […]

Dateline Birgunj – I by Madhuri Mahato

“If the government had thought this through, we would not have been in this situation again. I am scared. Entire Nepal is open, but Birgunj is under curfew. There is news of new infections every day. How do we survive when everything is closed? What do we eat? We should have been careful. We did […]

Flood pains by Parwat Portel

Last week 100 houses were destroyed in Milanbasti and Sadakwari, Jhapa when Kankai river flooded, destroyed the embankment and swept the houses in the two villages. Majority of houses destroyed belonged to the Santhal community, one of the most marginalized indigenous groups in Nepal. People saved their lives by climbing on the rooftop of their […]