Commentary - On April 25, 2015 the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal in over 80 years came in the form of the Gorkha earthquake named for the geographic district hit by the epicenter. Relief work continues. This report comes from written reports and email interviews with Sr. Taskila Nicholas, a Sister of the Good Shepherd, who has been on the ground since day one, working in collaboration with government agencies, diverse NGOs and religious groups. Can one still call it a crisis when the situation has turned a time corner toward the chronic, even as the level of human ruin remains acute?
Members of the Missionaries of Charity had to spend more than two hours waiting at police headquarters for clearance before they could deliver food, blankets and other promised relief to earthquake victims in a remote mountainous area of Nepal. The group of six sisters, eight brothers and about six volunteers had asked for police accompaniment on their May 16 mission because, on an earlier trip, they had been accosted by looters while carrying aid to people trapped in the mountains overlooking Kathmandu Valley.
In less than three weeks after a massive earthquake killed more than 8,000 people in Nepal, a 7.3-magnitude quake struck May 11 near the Mt. Everest region, destroying infrastructure and buildings in a country that was just beginning to pick up the pieces. “It was just like the first one,” Sr. Taskila Nicholas, Good Shepherd Sister working in Kathmandu, told Global Sisters Report by phone.