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Lives of our brothers

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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Relatives of the Nepalis killed in the Kabul blast weep in Kathmandu on Wednesday. Photo: Bikram Rai

Profiles of the 13 Nepalis killed in Monday’s bombing in Kabul, based on news reports published in the Nepali media.

Madhu Sudan Koirala, Nuwakot

Madhu Sudan Koirala lost his son Sishir and daughter Swastika when last year’s earthquake destroyed his house. He could not attend their last rites because he was guarding the Canadian Embassy in Kabul after having retired from the Nepal Army three years earlier. Koirala’s wife and three surviving daughters moved to a rented room in Kathmandu.

He came to Nepal in April on the first anniversary of the earthquake, to observe the one-year memorial rites for his children. While in Nepal, he recorded a song: “My heart weeps … may such a tragedy not befall anyone.” He returned to Kabul because he needed to save money to rebuild his house in Nuwakot and educate his surviving children. He was among the 13 Nepalis killed in Kabul in Monday’s Taliban bombing.

Chandra Bahadur Magar, Kavre

After surviving a deadly Maoist attack in Sindhupalchok in 2003 in which eight of his fellow soldiers were killed, Chandra Bahadur Rana Magar left the Nepal Army. He found a job as a private security guard in Kabul, and took a loan to buy a one-storey house in Kathmandu. After a holiday in Nepal, he had returned to Kabul in May, and died in the suicide bombing.

Nabin Singh Chhetri, Parbat

Nabin Singh Chhetri had been injured in a Maoist attack during the war. He left the Armed Police Force to open a shop in Kathmandu. When he found a job as a security guard in Kabul, his wife took over the running of the shop. At home on leave last month, Chhetri told his wife that his job in Afghanistan was too dangerous and he would soon return to Nepal. But before he could leave Kabul, he departed this world.

Ankur Moktan, Sunsari

Ankur Moktan of Sunsari was in the bus in Kabul chatting with his wife on Facebook messenger. Minutes after he ended the conversation, the moving vehicle was blown up by a Taliban suicide bomber. Goma Gole, Akur’s wife, says: “He had promised to call me after he finished his duty shift, but that chat I had with him turned out to be our last conversation.”

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Jitendra Singh Thapa’s wife with her four-month-old son waits for her husband’s body at Kathmandu airport on Wednesday. Photo: Bikram Rai

Jitendra Singh Thapa, Butwal

After retiring from the Indian Army, Jitendra Singh Thapa went to work in Iraq as a private security guard. His family members thought Iraq was too dangerous, and forced him to return home, but he subsequently convinced them to let him go to Afghanistan. The family thought Kabul was safer, and did not put pressure on him to return. Hecame back on Wednesday, but in a pink wooden box.

Suk Bahadur Gurung, Syangja

Suk Bahadur Gurung was a football player and was in the Rani-Pokhari Corner Team (RCT) before joining the Nepal Army where he also played, for the Tribhuvan Army Club. During the insurgency, he quit the army and went to Afghanistan, working in Kabul for 10 years. Just two hours before the blast that killed him, Gurung had called his wife to say that things were getting difficult in Kabul and he wanted to return to Nepal.

Amrit Bahadur Thapa, Lamjung

Amrit Bahadur Thapa used to serve in the Nepal Police and was ready to risk his life in Kabul because he wanted to earn enough to pay for his son’s MBBS course. His son enrolled at the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan and is in his first semester, but is now uncertain about his studies.

Krishna Bahadur Dhungana, Chitwan

After four years of work in Kabul, Krishna Bahadur Dhungana had saved enough money to build his own house, and got the design approved while on leave. He had asked his wife to start the construction, promising to send more money from Kabul. He will never see his dream house.

Bidur Bahadur Chhetri, Parbat

Bidur Bahadur Chhetri went to Kabul because the gratuity he received after retiring from the Nepal Army was not sufficient for his children’s education. He was in Nepal last month on leave, and returned to Kabul only two weeks ago.

Dambar Bahadur Tamang, Nuwakot

On Sunday, 45-year-old Dambar Bahadur Tamang called his wife Shanti Kumari in Nuwakot to tell her of his plans to return home in two months and start a goat farm. Less than 20 hours later, Tamang was killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

Tamang worked in the Nepal Police for 13 years before quitting during the insurgency. He then worked for two years in Malaysia, one in Iraq and three in Qatar as a security guard before heading to Afghanistan five years ago. According to his family he earned Rs 95,000 per month working as a security guard at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul.Tamang is survived by his mother, wife, two daughters and a son, who are all shocked and saddened by Tamang’s death. With the sole breadwinner gone, the family is worried about making ends meet.

Leela Bahadur Gurung, Nuwakot

Leela Bahadur Gurung, 45, left for Afghanistan five years ago to earn a living for his family. Originally from Kimtang, Nuwakot, his family is now living in Raisima. The ex-Indian Army man is survived by his wife and daughter.

Hari Bahadur Baduwal, Kathmandu

Hari Bahadur Baduwal was a guard for the British embassy before working for the Canadian embassy. His family lives in Kathmandu.

Changwa Tamang

Unlike the 12 other Nepalis killed in the Kabul blast, Changwa Tamang did not die on the spot. He was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital in Kabul. The process was underway to transport him to Apollo Hospital in New Delhi for further treatment but he succumbed to his injuries before being flown out.

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