Youth are Seeking a Role Within the Crisis in Nepal

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Man Bahadur Nepali is a farmer. He doesn’t own land but he’s working on a landlord’s farm in Gunadi. He used to work on farmland and, as a result of his hard work, he used to get a small quantity of paddy as a salary – only after being produced. He has made a small home-like place where his family can spend the night in more comfort than on open ground. However, this disastrous day has destroyed his only ‘home’ and all the crops for which he worked hard to grow for a long time. Now he’s living under the shed on cattle farm belonging to his neighbour.

Man Bahadur is just one example of people who have suffered from this disastrous earthquake. There are many more just like ‘Man Bahadur’, who have not only lost their house but have also lost beloved family members.

Tuk Bahadur Sunar, from Kathmandu is another example of a victim of this terrible earthquake which has engulfed nearly the entire country. He doesn’t have anyone with which to express his happiness of being alive, because they have all left him alone in the world. He can’t even shed tears because he lacks the energy to cry.

These are a few glimpses of the effect of the great earthquake that occurred in this developing Himalayan country. Nepal was striving to improve their basic human development index. This disaster has not only taken nearly ten thousand lives but has knocked the country severely off track.

It is a fact that the 25th of May, 2015 will be regarded as a bitter day in the modern history of Nepal, damaging not only its beauty, but also its creative mind. Many old people have lost everything, including their tolerance to overcome the disaster.

In this critical condition, the government is trying to make the control the situation, but because of limited resources and huge destruction, it will be more difficult.

 

Nepal needs youth power

The whole country is in pain. The government is trying to control the problem but it’s hard to control the problem and begin reconstructing. In this context, a group of engineers are working on a project which will allow for cheap housing for victims. They are not expecting governmental support and are voluntarily using their skills to support the nation. At the same time, many youth clubs are collecting basic food and sanitary need and supplying to the people in rural areas, where the government’s presence will not be seen for weeks. They are voluntarily helping the government to solve the surrounding problem. The government has not asked them to, but the youth of Nepal have mobilised, and are seeking their own role in managing and reconstructing the nation.

As a result of the old people losing all their tolerance and physical/willpower, there is only one alternative to overcome the problem; youth power. Nepal’s problem is that in governance, the older generation are much more involved and they don’t allow the youth of the country to take part. The low number of active youth politicians are also fed up. Many of them are going abroad to seek a brighter future. However, this time youth are using their power. This is as a result of current leadership failure and the invitation to new energetic youth leaders to handle the country.

Pitambar Bhandari, leader of Nepal Student Union says, ‘This is the perfect time for the youth to test themselves as future leaders.’ ‘If youth can handle the country in a critical situation, They deserve to take over from the old leaders in charge’

The only positive sign of this tragic disaster is that it allows the youth of Nepal to improve their skills. If this ratio rapidly increases, ultimately Nepal would be really ‘new’, which is exactly what the older generation leader promised people during the second people’s movement held ten years before. This will be a progressive step in the history of Nepal.

Photos: Earthquake disaster occurred in Bandipur, Tanahun.

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