Nepal's crisis within a crisis

Folks in North America have been getting quite the dose of indian summer this year. These above seasonal temperatures have us feeling like the dreaded winter might not decide to show up this year... but just like taxes and wrinkles, those things are inevitable and will have to be faced with sooner or later. 

This year, I decided not to complain about the cold (like I would otherwise do about 12 times a day). I choose not to voice any dissatisfaction or complaints because I know my winter (as cold and bitter as it may be), will be nowhere near as bad as those who survived the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal last April. 

Those who survived the quake have been displaced in the majority of the cases into temporary shelters scattered around the country. But while the rest of the world moved past this headline, those survivors are still sitting in those tents and tin shelters all these months after the earthquake first hit. What was first set up as a temporary home seems to have been extended into a semi permanent home due to the delay in rebuilding everything from roads, homes and villages. Combined with a monsoon season and political unrest that has hampered relief efforts, the rebuilding and resettling of people into their homes have been almost at a standstill in the last few months.

And with the winter season now fast approaching, Nepal is facing an extremely grim couple of months ahead. Starting with the villagers whose shelter is simply made out of tin metal sheets and who lives at almost 4000 ft in altitude in a remote village only accessible by foot. We can only imagine how unbelievably hard their winter will be.

So not only has Nepal faced a devastating earthquake killing over 9000 people, political unrest and shortage in resources in the last few months, but they now also have to deal with winter approaching and freezing to death. 

 

It really isn't my intention to force feed anybody sad stories from Nepal, but it is my promise to the Nepali people that I will help them in any way I can. So that is why I am sharing these news. I wish the problem ended with just the devastating earthquake, but it only seemed to have triggered a trickling wave of problems. 

If these type of news trouble you as much as it does me, then I hope you can reach out to someone you know there or organizations who are working on the ground there to lend your support. Or perhaps spread the word. Or send over some of your love. 

The Nepali people really are one of the sweetest people I've ever met and their helplessness is terribly sad. I simply ask you to imagine yourself in those situations for one minute and do what your heart tells you to do after.

NepalLucy Shih