Earthquake-displaced children left in lurch

Earthquake-displaced children left in lurch

Jul 5, 2015-

Seventeen children in the district, who lost their guardians to the April 25 earthquake, are staying at a temporary child care home in district headquarters.

Arjun Rokamagar, 14, of Simjung-4 said he started living the child care home and searching for work after his parents died in the earthquake. “I hope that I will be able to continue my studies living here,” he said.

The children, however, complained that they find it very difficult to live in the temporary shelter due to the troubles caused by mosquitoes, rains and sunlight every day.

Rohit Ghale, 15, of Barpak said he was living with his neighbours in the Capital before the quake. “I was in Barpak when the quake hit the country,” he said, adding that his neighbours were also injured in the tremors. He said he has now resumed his studies.

Likewise, Bhim Gurung of Kashigaun said he worked at a hotel in district headquarters after the quake. “Now I have been admitted to a school,” he said, adding that he is not sure about continuing his studies.

Child Rights Officer Kamal Shrestha said over 24 quake-affected children have already been handed over to their guardians. “We are still searching for the family members of some children,” he said. Thirty-nine children were brought to the child care home after the quake.

Published: 06-07-2015 07:52

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