A family in crisis has become a refugee

18 November, Kathmandu. Indra Century has spent 10 years at Tahara in Safredhunga, Kapan. From a house covered with mud and straw, his journey of life has come to a halt in a zinc tower. One crisis after another came in the life of Century of Tadi Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot. Battling that crisis, he became a refugee.

Suffering from tuberculosis, his downward journey in life began 26 years ago when his wife fell ill. His wife’s treatment for kidney disease ended. ‘Kidney failure Jahanko’, Century returned to painful past, ‘We lost our wealth while going to Kathmandu for treatment.

His wife died of kidney disease in 053 Baisakh. “After Jahan left the world, I took a loan of 1 lakh and bought a farm in the village to raise my children,” says Century.

Shatabdi, who raised the family by working in other’s field and carrying a heavy burden, got married for the second time. However, his life could not catch the rhythm. In February 053 a fire broke out in the house. ‘The world’s over, the house’s on fire,’ Centuri sighs, ‘there was debt. I was bored and could not stay in the village.

Century repaid the loan by selling the borrowed farm. He came to Kathmandu with his two children and his wife, thinking of earning money to raise a family. Century got a tent at Budhanilkanth Municipality-8 in Kathmandu on the condition of paying Rs 100 a month as rent. He also got a job in a grill factory at a salary of Rs.2500 per month.

At that time thought that now there will be happiness, this happiness of the century did not last for long. He did not get his salary on time. The housekeeper forced him to leave the room by saying that he did not pay the rent on time and kept many people in the room.

Two were born to his younger wife. “There were so many mouths to feed, I also wished I could send my children to school”, before leaving the room Century started looking for a place to teach her children.

After learning that there is an Anita Milan School in Kapan Safardhunga, which provides free education to the children of the poor, they went to the Century School. After getting her daughter and son admitted to the school, she complained that she did not have a place to stay.

The principal of the school, Shishir Adhikari, told Century to build a tower on his two plantation land near Dhobi Khola. Here now 7 families are living in a tower like a century. The officer said, “Everybody living here is landless, who can pay rent, who can’t, doesn’t.”

Century’s son was taught in 9th standard in Anita Milan School, which provides education up to 8th standard and arranged for 10th standard education in another school at minimum fees. Century’s dream of teaching his son could not be fulfilled. ‘Last year my son committed suicide’ says Century, ‘I could not pay the annual fee of 12,000.’

Sadi’s son, studying in class 10, committed suicide on February 24 last year. Teacher Adhikari, who teaches Century’s son, says, ‘The school is new. Most of the students studying there were better than him. It seems that it was difficult for him to adjust there.

Indra’s daughter Anita Milan is studying in college with minimal expenses borne by the school. Both the sons born to the younger wife are laborers. Indra’s wife works in a paper factory. But he does not have a regular job. Sometimes he gets work only after calling the factory.

Indra himself met with an accident five years ago. While working in a grill factory, he was injured when an iron gate fell. Sahu had given 500 to take medicine,’ says Century, ‘After 15/20 days, when he coughed, blood started coming from his mouth. Later the doctor said that his ribs were injured.

He was also diagnosed with tuberculosis during Karang’s treatment. Century says, “It took two years to get the medicine, one visit to the hospital costs Rs 1,000.”

The election comes as a joke on their poverty. In the last local elections, the leaders had reserved a car and sent it to pick them up. Century says, ‘I have seven votes in my house. I thought that the leader I voted for would take care of this poor man after he won, but if I called him after the election, he would not pick up the phone.

He has molded this character of politicians who cheat till they get votes and don’t care after getting votes in poetic rhythm.

All the leaders came to ask for votes

Politicians started saying they are fooling me

don’t worry we’ll come later

their selfishness is the way to ask for votes

Later Suraj crossed the road while hoping.

He composed this poem when he was ill and was in the hospital. Century, 55, tried to build a tower at Sukumbasi Basti in Bhangal, Kapan. While he was looking for materials to build a tower, others took his place. ‘I haven’t been able to pay the rent to stay here for a year’, says Century hesitantly.

According to Kishor Khanal, who teaches statistics at Kathmandu University and has studied the ‘quality of life of settled people’, it is people who come to the city in search of work, who have nothing in the village, who are encroachers.

He says, “People who do not have land in the village, but are unable to bring food, come to the city in search of work. Even if you can earn your living by working as a laborer in the city, you are not able to pay the room rent. Such people look for a place where they can live freely. And, such places later become unauthorized settlements.’

According to government data, there are currently around 3500 illegal houses in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. Budanilkanth Municipality – There are 156 houses in ward number 12 and 14. However, people like Century are not included in this data. Because they do not have possession of the river bank and government land.

People like Century are paying rent by cutting their grass. Unable to pay the same rent, he says, ‘Where shall I go leaving this place?’ Pneumonia has also occurred due to tuberculosis in Century’s lungs. Century Peer says, ‘I can’t work anymore’, ‘What are you going to do?’

Centuri, who had moved from the village to the city due to the ease of life, was destroyed upon his arrival in the city. Tired of the city, he wants to go back to the village. Century says, ‘I want to go back to the village, how can I go if there is no one living in the village?’

People like Century, who have neither branches nor land, enter the city in the hope of eating each other, teaching children and getting rid of this quagmire of misery. and slum dwellers.

Ramachandra Shrestha, an expert on Sukumbasi issues, considers Sukumbasi and Sukumbasi settlements to be a by-product of the city. Shrestha writes in the book ‘Pedal Research Experiments and Achievements’ published by Martin Chautari, ‘Such settlements play an important role in keeping the city alive. Therefore, solving the search for legitimacy of these settlements, the city should be made as a common settlement for all types of people.

Photos: Shankar Giri/Online News

Source: OnlineKhabar

Himal Sanchar