Losing Hope in Jeddah by Nitu Ghale

1 September 2020

Raju Murmu, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia LOSING HOPE IN JEDDAH: Raju Murmu, 31, from Jhapa is crammed in a room in Saudi Arabia with 14 other Nepalis. The 14 pooled their money together and bought an internet package to ensure that their voices are heard but the package is running out and they can’t afford to […]

Survival Instincts by Robic Upadhayay

31 August 2020

SURVIVAL INSTINCT: It is the second week of the Kathmandu-wide lockdown and I have made it a routine to out for groceries at 7 AM. As I walk my neighbourhood, I notice that the number of shops selling daily essentials has increased considerably. The government allows daily essential shops like vegetables and groceries to open […]

Golden morning will come by Rakesh Prasad Chaudhary

30 August 2020

GOLDEN MORNING WILL COME: Rekha Mahato, 40 has been running a small cafe in Jaleswar’s Cinema Hall Chowk by herself for a decade. Mahato is the only woman from the Pasi community in Jaleswar who runs a food business. The early days of the cafe were challenging, “People used to abuse us, and say that […]

Slaughtering Rights in Jhapa by Parwat Portel

29 August 2020

SLAUGHTERING RIGHTS IN JHAPA: Rafiqul Haque, 38, worked as a tractor driver and supported his family of seven. On Wednesday evening he was on his way back home when he saw that a large crowd had formed in Kamatoli Bajar. He was curious, so he went to check out what was going on. That afternoon, […]

Quarantine Reflections by Madhuri Mahato

28 August 2020

QUARANTINE REFLECTIONS: “I am a leader. I travel often in my constituency to understand people’s problems. I was on one such visit when I got infected with the coronavirus. When I tested positive, I was shocked. And then I was terrified. Over the months I had come to believe that I was not going to […]

Sixty-Five and on Duty by Sikuma Rai

27 August 2020

SIXTY-FIVE AND ON DUTY: Subhash Chandra Silwal retired at 60 from the medical profession five years ago. He tried poultry farming, but it did not work out so he started working at the Laligurans Hospital in Talchikhel as a lab technician. He lives with his family in Lele, Lalitpur, some 20 KM from Kathmandu’s centre. […]

Fighter Nurse by Krishnamaya Upadhayay

26 August 2020

FIGHTER NURSE: Sitala Rokaya, a 27 from Sinja, Jumla is a staff nurse at the Karnali Institute of Health Sciences Hospital. She is also the mother of a 9-month-old baby. She is assigned to the intensive care unit and the hospital now treating 14 COVID-19 patients. “There is no place for fear,” says Rokaya, “During […]

Tough Journey Home by Nitu Ghale

25 August 2020

TOUGH JOURNEY HOME: Shankhalal Ghising, 24 from Sindhuli ended his two-year contract in Dubai in March. He was on an expired visa and he wanted to fly back to Nepal right away, but could not due to COVID-19 lockdown. “Once the time on your visa runs out, you have to pay a fine to remain, […]

The Drive to Live by Robic Upadhayay

24 August 2020

THE DRIVE TO LIVE: Deepa Budhathoki, 32, is a Safa Tempo driver who drives the New Road-Baneswor 6 KM-route. Originally from Gaighat, Udaypur, she has been a Safa Tempo driver for 12 years and used to make an average of 8 trips every day pre-pandemic. Driving the tempo has given her financial independence and joy. […]

Take a Chance on Dance by Sabrina Dangol

23 August 2020

TAKE A CHANCE ON DANCE: Every afternoon, Subima Shrestha, 43, sets up her laptop and speakers in the living room of her house in Satdobato, Lalitpur, to start the online class for ‘Kathak’, a classical Indian dance form. The sound of beating ‘tabala’ fills the room as Shrestha carefully monitors the dancers via her laptop […]