Sharma: If we care, we’ll allow Nepalese workers to stay

Calgary Herald

Two massive earthquakes have struck the mountain kingdom country of Nepal. The devastation has ravaged the already limited infrastructure of that developing nation.

To date, almost half a million homes have been destroyed and over a quarter million are damaged. The UN estimates that 2.8 million people are displaced, and 3.5 million are in need of food assistance. Five thousand schools have been destroyed and more than 16,000 are damaged. Vultures, of the wingless variety, stalk the streets of Nepal. Officials warn that vulnerable women and girls are at risk of being trafficked for sexual exploitation.

The Nepalese community in Canada is small. Many, of course, are Canadian citizens and permanent residents, but there are fewer than 400 in all of Canada as temporary foreign workers. This last group is under incredible stress. They desperately want to return to Nepal to comfort their parents, wives, husbands and children.

But returning is unthinkable: even…

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