असार ९ गते २०७४, शुक्रबार | June 23, 2017     18:00:00

Earthquake: Impacting the Nation’s Youth


Jeevan Bhatta (Member Executive Committee, Association of Youth Organisations Nepal (AYON))


Gitesh Gourav (Peace Ambassador, YuvSatta-NGO India)

WE LEARN GEOLOGY THE MORNING AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE- were the words of the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson.

With the completion of 1 year of the catastrophic incident(an incident that had never occurred for last 80 years), the devastating Nepal Earthquakes still bear a hard thud in the hearts of the people of Nepal. It has not just imprinted itself in the memories , but has also left a life long impact. The loss of life being so massive(9000 killed and 22000 injured), and the pain of the sufferings so excruciating, that with every passing beat of the kins of the dead and suffering people, a curse originates.

It’s all the more depressing and sorrowful because nothing can replace a human life, and every aftershock reminds the people of Nepal about the wretchedness they witnessed.

Nepal is the country of the towering himalayas. But complimentary to it’s massiveness, some scientists believe that a kink in the regional fault line below Nepal has created a ramp 20km below the surface, and that the kink built up pressure to cause the earthquake, a phenomenon that may reiterate in the coming decades.

Despite the tragic loss, Nepal still bears the allure of being a nation that grows with the heart and strength of it’s people. Looking back at the state of recovery that Nepal has reached, it can very well be concluded that, though people have shown enough courage in holding each other on the matters of social and community re-construction(of the moral and ethical values), the government and few organisations(I/NGOs) have been quiescent and passive enough to understand the sentiments of the suffering people, leave alone working for their actual rehabilitation. This is not just disheartening, but all makes people helpless towards seeking appropriate and prolong support from these agencies. The elite are anyhow safe and highly stable, while, the condition of the poor and the middle class who were in dire need of support, has all the more deteriorated.

The earthquake aftermath not just necessitates creating the sense of solidarity between the involved organisations(I/NGOs), the government and the common people, it also demands action-plans for proper rehabilitation of socio-economic cycle, re-construction of the lost or tarnished infrastructure, and, proper and equitable division and distribution of resources allotted and assigned to earthquake hit areas and to the suffering people. That is not just an obligation but a moral responsibility to be held by every entity that is trying to help the people of Nepal resume back to their normal life.

Alas!, certain revelations give an extremely dejected feeling, when, it was revealed that on ground realities, the upbringing is neither transparent, nor appropriate :

“Four out of five Nepalese quake survivors report their reconstruction needs are not being addressed, according to data collected by #quakeHelpDesk, an initiative led by the Accountability Lab, a technology incubator, and Local Interventions Group.” reports http://news.trust.org/

Also, there is a record of a total of 152 I/NGOs at work, while a local  leader from the earthquake affected district estimates that nearly 500 organizations are undertaking rehabilitation activities in the district. reports http://www.myrepublica.com/

This when added to other factors of an overall economic-social-geographical slowdown, leads to various consequences in the overall come-back of the people of Nepal. Being an LDC(least developing country) where people have already been trying hard to raise their standard of living since the past decades, the current slowdown has, to a great extent, succeeded in bringing a dilemma to the thought process of the parents of Nepal who are now extremely worried about the future of their children. Such a worry is genuine, because children and youth are the future of a country, and their growth decides the path of development that the family, society, city and the whole nation would then attain.

Such worries trigger varied consequences, impacting both the life style, and the education-attainment-attitude of the youth of Nepal. The overall process is frustrating because, either the concerned people don’t get the exact educational platform that they can afford in their nation, or, are not able to afford the education of the developed countries. With the consequential predicament, people end up sacrificing their flair for attaining standard education, or, simply dump every penny of their savings, and comforts of their normal life to afford the first world education for their children.

As a direct impact, Nepal has been seeing an unprecedented increase in the migration of more number of youth to the developed world for the over-all upliftment of their education, life-style, financial needs and so on. With the current rate of increase in the migration, the brain drain seems initial, but eventual. Rehabilitation and reconstruction apart, there is a high-end need for the government of Nepal to start seeking measures to ensure that it’s youth, at least get a quality education in the homeland, and, in turn make a qualitative impact towards the overall rise of this beautiful himalayan republic.



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