Bhagwati Rai, aged 49, a resident of Dhunibesi municipality-9, Jugedi village, Dhading district, spent nine years abroad in Lebanon as a migrant domestic worker. She is now starting to make a living providing veterinary treatment for livestock in her local community to support her family of seven.
Human Interest Stories
Today, Thursday 7 April 2016, is World Health Day. With that in mind, we would like to share the activities of the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC). We spoke with Dr. Rama Ramisetty, the migration health physician in MHAC, Kathmandu, for some information on the health centre’s processes and challenges.
Kathmandu - Like in many countries, Nepal faces significant challenges in relation to women’s equal access to land and tenure security. Since 2004, Nepal’s Government has introduced several proactive measures to promote women’s ownership, access and control over land. For instance, depending on geographical location, the government has been exempting 25 per cent to 50 per cent tax on registration when land is owned by a woman, In case of single women; they are entitled for 35 per cent tax exemption (Financial Bill 2072, Ministry of Finance).
Kathmandu - “I was at home massaging my 4-old-month baby when the first earthquake hit. I remember the day quite vaguely. I remember that the wall of my house started to collapse and next thing I know I was on a bamboo stretcher and I can hear my baby was crying so hard. My husband told me that he had me and my baby rescued from the house and immediately built a makeshift stretcher then took us to the hospital on foot.
Rajendra Sharma is among many of landless people in Nepal who has been living as squatters in Surkhet. “I am the second generation of my family who has been living as squatters”, said Rajendra when asked how long has it been for him living landless. “Although currently my family, a wife and two gorgeous children, and I are still living as squatters, we still have high hopes that we will own a piece of land someday”, Rajendra added.
On November 18, 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with financial support of Americares officially launched a 20-bed step down care facility providing functional restoration and rehabilitation services to patients with sustained earthquake-related injuries and disabilities in Sindhupalchowk district, Nepal.
My name is Nir Kumar Bhandari from Birtamode, Jhapa. I am a driver by profession and have been serving the Bhutanese refugee population since 1991 when they first came here, both with an International Non-Government Organization from the UK and now with IOM.
Kathmandu, July 9, 2015 - For years, various national and international studies have claimed that the Kathmandu Valley is highly prone to earthquakes and that most infrastructure and buildings in the Valley are not strong enough to resist a high magnitude quake.
We have a saying in Nepali “Ja Pachi Jha Aaucha”, which means with land follows a dispute (disagreement/argument). Land dispute seems to be widespread throughout Nepal.