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Cast a wide net by Madhuri Mahato


9 July 2020

Bigun Majhi, 24, and Paltan Majhi, 32 of Bindabasini, Birjung, wake up early in the morning, pack a small bag of essentials and head out to the local Tilawe River. Until just a couple of months ago, Bigun and Paltan were working in India, across the border, as migrant workers and sending money home. When […]

Quarantine check-in by Parwat Portel


8 July 2020

Krishna Rai, 33, of Mechinagar, Jhapa, eastern Nepal, did not want to go to a government quarantine centre when he returned to Nepal from India last week. “Social media was full of information about how mass quarantine could become infection centres,” says Rai, “I had stayed safe so far, I didn’t want to get infected […]

No More Test Delays by Padam Raj Bhatta


7 July 2020

In early June, a 55-year-old woman died while undergoing kidney dialysis at the Seri Zonal Hospital. When she was admitted to the hospital, she was given the rapid diagnostic test (RDT), where she tested negative for the COVID-19 virus. Hospital did not have a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test facility. All samples were going to […]

No Safety Net by Krishnamaya Upadhayay


6 July 2020

Rabindra Kathayat, 22, arrived home in Jumla, mid-west Nepal, after a long and exhausting journey from Pakistan. He thought he would have to go through rigorous testing on arrival and spend 14 more days in quarantine away from their families. When he arrived at his village, Kathayat was met by his local representatives and told […]

Accurate Testing by Madhuri Mahato


4 July 2020

A local in Birgunj went to the Narayani Hospital in the city to get tested for the COVID-19 last week. He was given the rapid test (RDT) and was relieved to be tested negative. A few days later, he got tested again and was shocked to be tested positive for the virus. The only difference […]

Safe Return by Parwat Portel


2 July 2020

Over 7,000 Nepalis stranded in Naxalbari, Bagdogra, Siliguri and other cities of India due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown are slowly making their way home. As they arrive, they go through the camps set up by the Nepal Army and the Armed Police Force where the first round of screening is done. There are seven […]

For Women Only by Nitu Ghale


1 July 2020

For women only: When a 19-year-old migrant worker returned to Nepal from Qatar last week, she was in a total state of panic. She was stressed about traveling during the pandemic and was anxious to get home. She understood that she will have to be in quarantine for 14 days, and was concerned about her […]

Crushing Hardship by Krishnamaya Upadhayay


29 June 2020

For the last 11 years, Tek Bahadur Rokaya, 62, worked as a cook at a hotel in Jumla, far west Nepal. Originally from Nepalganj in the south, he was making ends meet to support his family. Three months ago, when Nepal went into lockdown to contain the COVID-19 virus, the hotel decided to close and […]

Tales from the Sidewalk by Nitu Ghale


26 June 2020

Tales from the Sidewalk: Janaki Devi Rajak, 28, is a pavement trader- she sells tops, socks and underwear on the sidewalk. She moved from Rautahat with her husband and three sons from the south-eastern district of Rautahat to find a better life for her family. When the Nepal government imposed a lockdown in late march […]

Farming Woes by Madhuri Mahato


25 June 2020

With the onset of monsoon, paddy farmers Tayyab Dewan, Samsul Dewan, Farul Mia Ansari, and Saibun Nesha in Gamhariya, Parsa were beginning to gear up for the planting season. However, the border between Nepal and India remains close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has meant that the farmers have not been able to get […]