Month: August 2017

Missing Migrants of Nepal

Sujen Man Maharjan

Thousands of families and relatives of the missing persons all over the world continue to wait for their loved ones who have disappeared in course of armed conflict, disasters, migration or other events. They continue to live in ambiguity due to lack of accurate information. The ambiguous loss is one of the most painful, difficult loss to deal with as it is unclear and without closure.

IMG_4415Having worked with families of missing persons (during armed conflict: 1996-2006) in a comprehensive psychosocial program supported by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), I am thoughtful even more on this day about them and both their suffering and strength of facing such adversity. Nepal government has been trying to address the issues of families of missing in conflict through the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) while there has been little efforts made in search for missing migrants and helping…

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To protect and to serve, they say 

In parts of North India, men have been putting on their uniforms in the morning, pretending to be protectors and guardians, but only to grasp tightly to their prejudice and proceed to arrest innocent students. 

This is a reality. Policemen have been barging into the apartments of African students and taking their valuables without any warrant, and without any right. Why? They believe they are rightfully tracking down individuals who might be staying illegally. 
This begs the questions:

Why only Africans? 

Why without warrant? 

Why with so much prejudice? 
Why without so much of a pinch of common sense and general regard for other human beings? 
This has happened to someone I actually know. He was staying over at his friend’s place when a group of policemen came barging into their house and pocketing valuables. They claimed they were searching for Nigerians but when shown the IDs of students from Angola (the true tenants of the house), they continued their unlawful acts.  They demanded IDs while refusing to show their own. The neighbours themselves protested at the policemen’s actions, but to no avail. When my friend reached the police station, he was returned his wallet but not the money that was initially there. The policemen deined any accusations of stealing. And that was that. 

This occurred a week ago, and my friend has still not received justice for this foul act of discrimination. Once again I’m left fearing for the safety of all my African friends in this country. Will India ever pull itself together when it comes to its treatment of African students, or will it continue to harm and harass innocents? Do these perpetrators not know that these innocent students are also children of parents who have raised them with all the love and care they could give? How would it feel to know that strangers view the apple of your eye as a thug and hooligan, and that they laugh and call him names? These are young adults who’ve chosen India as their home for the first time they’re ever away from their home and parents. To find out that the country one has sent their kids into is actually targeting them based on their skin colour is something no one should have to face. #FixYourRacismIndia 

[Refer to this link to view a much more detailed post on these recent misguided and unwarranted arrests of African students in India.]