HITESH RAJ PANT studying conflict peace and development studies at Tribhuvan University, Nepal speaks to Teresa Rehman on the immediate needs in the quake-affected country and the irreparable damage to the heritage structures
1. How do you assess the damage to the heritage of Nepal?
Ans. Those heritage cannot be replaced. It is really bad as Nepal used to be known for the tourism hub but I don’t know how this damage is going affect that.
2. Women and children are the worst affected in a disaster situation. How would you assess the situation?
Ans. Women and children have been suffering from the last decade long internal conflicts. There has been a lot of casualties but the real figure is yet to come and also there is no data about how many children and women have suffer from this disaster. Rescue teams are trying their best to help so let’s hope we can at least make them feel safe at this devastating hour.
3. How long do u think it will take for Nepal to come back to normalcy?
Ans. I am afraid to say this but It might take forever for Nepal to come back to normalcy. After a decade long conflict it has been a decade to write our constitution. Even every thing goes at full pace the pain will never be healed.
4. What do u think is the need of the hour?
Ans. At this hour we need support, motivation, medical supplies, shelter food, water purifier and people’s cooperation among each other.
5. How do u think can aid penetrate to the grassroots?
Ans. I want to be optimist and say yes. But as we also have problem of corruption and people don’t trust their leader so it is really hard to say that it will be effective to penetrate aid to local level. Atleast if they get rescued and saved it is good enough for people.
6. What is your take on basic sanitation n hygiene needs of the survivors?
Ans. It would be best to get pads, hygienic food and medicine which will help women and pregnant women. We also need separate ambulance for pregnant women. It would be hard to find any public vehicle if required.