Michael Messenger: Nepal won’t be back to normal for a long time

Ottawa Citizen

About a month ago, I got the call about a major earthquake in Nepal. Within 48 hours, I was on a plane to Kathmandu, to join our team to connect with children and families who had survived the disaster. I knew my life would be changed forever by what lay ahead. I didn’t know it would be by a boy named Ram.

I met thirteen-year-old Rambhakta in the town of Bhaktapur, a few days after that first earthquake shook his world to pieces. He was crammed under a tarpaulin with far too many other earthquake survivors. A week earlier, Ram had been an enthusiastic student who loved to play with his friends. But the day I met him, there was nothing on Ram’s horizon but the certainty of pain and loss. Ram told me that he was afraid to go back to school. Why? Because he didn’t want to learn how…

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