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Nepal suffers border blockade

Church of Scotland World Mission Council

After suffering massive earthquakes in April and May, the Himalayan nation of Nepal was briefly in the global spotlight. After the initial rescue and recovery operations, the news cameras left; many short-term humanitarian relief agencies have also come and gone.

Adding to the burden of redevelopment of infrastructure and the rebuilding of lives following the earthquake our partners and other agencies within Nepal are now being faced with an added crisis which is getting little or no international attention or assistance, says Joel Hafvenstein, Mission Partner. The India-Nepal border crossings have been closed for more than two months, affecting far more people than were affected by the earthquake. This crisis stems from a political dispute that has spun out of control. Now all sides are finding it hard to back down or compromise. All over the country, Nepali people are struggling to buy anything that would normally be imported from India…

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