Thomson Reuters Foundation: Nepal quake survivors struggle with debt, raising trafficking fears

July 26, 2016 — Thomson Reuters Foundation interviews The Asia Foundation’s Deputy Country Representative in Nepal Nandita Baruah on critical issues facing post-earthquake Nepal:

More than a year on, reconstruction has been slow with unrest over a new constitution adding to the delays. Unable to find work, hundreds of Nepalis are deep in debt, the Asia Foundation said on Tuesday.

“Their ability to pay is very limited and indebtedness makes them more vulnerable to exploitation,” said Nandita Baruah, Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative in Kathmandu.

“Their desperation makes them take greater risks, such as sending their children away for what they think are better lives, or even selling their kidneys,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview.

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