People are in trauma everywhere in Nepal. Like a doctor in an emergency room, aid workers are focused on the most immediate needs first: food, shelter and medical care. But people’s dignity and culture are equally important—and equally at risk.
In Kathmandu, I spent an afternoon with number of leaders, including the President of the World League for Freedom and Democracy - Nepal Chapter; the former Minister of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Indra B. Gurung; and Constituent Assembly member and President of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities, Nagendra Kumal. Kumul’s federation is an umbrella organization that represents 48 minority groups. That’s probably half the population of Nepal, each with a unique dialect and culture. These people are often relatively poor and disadvantaged—and they have been particularly hard-hit by the earthquakes.