Today happened to be the 1st anniversary of Nepal’s earthquake that had not only killed almost ten thousands and injured almost twenty five thousands but also displaced hundreds of thousands as well as severely affected the lives of few more millions of people. It was undoubtedly one of the deadly earthquakes that hit mostly the hill regions of the impoverished nation and destroyed the livelihood of many poor and innocent people. The cries of the victims were loud and heartbreaking, the world heard their plights, and they had all come in for help.
Helping hands had come on manifolds. People, foods, blankets, water, medicines and shelters started flooded in as relief measures intensified. Candlelit vigils were arranged and donations were collected from around the world. It was not only compassion that people had shown towards the victims but also donated with opened heart and hundred of millions were raised and sent in as aids for the needy ones.
Leaders, public figures and celebrities were involved, big announcements were made on their behalf, and the Medias were buzzed with such big news. Ten of thousands of new earthquake-proof houses were to be built by so and so! All the victims will get so and so amount of relief money from the government!! And so and so are distributing so and so amount of relief aids to so and so areas!!! Everybody was riding through the bandwagon of mercy, big promises were the norm of the day, and everyone was busy on praising and glorifying the benevolent ones as national hero. It was in fact made with such pomp and histrionic ways that they looked very real and everyone had actually believed in them.
Perhaps adversity had managed to bring the whole country together that nothing had succeeded hitherto. The people of Nepal had finally realized the importance of finding common ground on such difficult time and decided to work together in the nation building. The suffering nation had suddenly found a new hope.
That was of course precisely a year ago. A year has passed but nothing seemed to change much since then. No new houses were built, nor were the flattened houses rebuilt. Schools are still run on an open ground and people still sleep on a makeshift shelter. Roads are not repaired and people still go cold, hungry and worried in a daily basis. Many old and weak ones had died because of harsh winter and the surviving ones are forced to live a life of uncertainty that simply carries no future.
What happened to those promises? Where were those donations gone? Where was the government? Where were the national leaders? Why nobody was helping? What happened to the people from this country? Why everyone had forgotten about them?
I am writing this with a heavy heart. I have seen a few posts on international papers and thought that I should also attribute a page or so. But I have nothing positive to write about and finding it extremely hard to fill up the pica of my paper. The world had already forgotten about the earthquake. Nepal and its leaders are already busy on their usual infighting, self-enriching and dirty politics. People have no time whatsoever of thinking about the poor victims. If their own people and government have already forgotten about them, what else can be expected from the outside world? The victims of the earthquake were shamefully betrayed by their own people and government and left on the mercy of cruel fate for survival. What could be the saddest thing than that?
It is my own humble way of paying respect and homage to those unfortunate ones who have lost their lives and remembering them. I have also started writing a novel called MY FORGOTTEN PATH HOME in their memories and I will be dedicating this book ultimately on their honor. The whole world might have forgotten about you, but I am not. It seemed that nobody cares about you, but I will. By writing this book, I want you to remember that you are not alone, nor forgotten. This book will help me to remember you all for the rest of my life and trust me nothing can take that away from us. Rest assured! There is still someone who had not completely forgotten about you. One true friend is enough in difficult time and I just want you to remember that. God bless you!
TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE – http://www.timigurung.com