The Malayan rainforest and its rare flower

The Rafflesia is the largest flower in the world, growing in the jungles where Gurkhas fought a guerrilla war

Tale of a modern day lahure

Gorkhali troops fought in Malaya in WWII, now Gorkhalis join an army of migrant workers there

Close encounter with death

I came to Malaysia four years ago to work as a security guard. I guard condominiums and sometimes have to accompany visitors...

No country for young men

Nepal’s Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) issued more than 240,000 labour permits for migrant workers in 2021, even as the country reeled...

Shristi Karki

The Days of International Migration

    International Migrants Day on 18 December is a fitting time to take another long hard look at the migrant labour...

Nepalis queueing up all night for proof of jab

Vaccine certificates are just another in a long checklist of permits and authorisations for Nepali workers headed overseas

Upasana Khadka

Night of the firefly

Many of us have fond childhood memories of the जुनकिरी (firefly), chasing the fascinating lightning bugs through fields and forests. Across the...

Sonia Awale

The fading light of Nepal’s fireflies

Many of us have fond childhood memories of the जुनकिरी firefly, chasing these fascinating flashing bugs through fields and forests. Across the...

History of female (im)mobility in Nepal

A proposal by Nepal’s Immigration Department requiring consent from a guardian and local government for women under the age of 40 travelling...

Upasana Khadka

A few good agents

Recognising good examples among migrant worker recruiters is as important as holding the bad ones accountable

Upasana Khadka
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