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PRI: Destroyed by a quake. Targeted by organ traffickers. Will a monsoon break this village?

June 20, 2016 — Public Radio International (PRI) cites The Asia Foundation’s Kidney Trafficking in Nepal report:

According to a 2014 Asia Foundation study, 42 percent of organ-sellers in the district parted with a kidney so they could acquire land or a house. After last year’s earthquake, however, no homes in Hokse remained inhabitable. Villagers here are still living in makeshift homes that are vulnerable to the elements…

While historical data on organ trafficking in the region remains limited, the Asia Foundation study the year before the earthquake concluded Nepal’s kidney trade was “booming,” bolstered by a worldwide organ shortage. The WHO estimates 10,000 illegal organ transplants occur worldwide each year.

Related locations: Nepal
Related programs: Conflict and Fragile Conditions
Related topics: Trafficking in Persons

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