Enough is Enough by Robic Upadhayay

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Samaira Shrestha, 21, is a student of social work. She joined the Satyagraha in Basantapur, Kathmandu demanding a better COVID-19 response from the Nepali government. For nine days, Samaira went without food and water but had to give up the Satyagraha fight when her health started failing. She says she will continue […]

Lives Swept Away by Rakesh Prasad Chadhary

LIVES SWEPT AWAY: Dulari Kapar, 30, was widowed when her husband Birendra was swept away by the Raato Nadi flood. Birendra had cycled 25 KM from home in Sangrampur to Janakpur to look for work when the nation-wide lockdown was lifted on 21 July. He did not make it home that day, and his body […]

Sliding Land – by Sikuma Rai

SLIDING LAND: It had been raining non-stop for two days, and Shankar Deula, 43, was worried about his house. Built on a cliff in Pashupati Tole, Dhapakhel, Lalitpur, everyone in the neighbourhood thought his house was vulnerable to landslides. As the rain continued, he quickly moved his family and their belongings elsewhere. At 2 PM […]

Mask Up by Sabrina Dangol

MASK UP: Along the narrow alleyways of Tahachal is a two-story house. On the ground floor of that house is a small mask factory where Kusum Lama, 28 spends her days with six others making reusable cloth masks. When Nepal went into lockdown on 24 March to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lama decided to […]

New Border Regime by Parwat Portel

NEW BORDER REGIME: It is mid-day and the India-Nepal border via the Mechi Bridge is busy. There are a handful of cars making their way, but most travellers returning to Nepal are walking the half kilometre on foot. About seven Armed Police Force personnel keep a watchful eye as returnees make their way. I arrive […]

Stuck Abroad by Nitu Ghale

STUCK ABROAD: Bhim Bahadur Khatri, 32, left for Kuwait two years ago. He worked as a cargo porter at an airport and earned about Rs 30,000. Earlier this year he started having issues with stomach ulcers and was hoping to make his way back to Nepal to be with his family. When the pandemic started, […]

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 […]