Tuesday, 23 September 2008

"Rajendra" is dying due to Hunger Strike

Donot shock by the name "Rajendra" since the man whom you might have thought cannot live without food for few days. So, it is unimaginable that this "Rajendra" can stay in longer Hunger Strike.

Actually, I am going to talk about one Nepalese Agriculture Engineer Rajendra Devkota (Age 50 years) staying in Hunger strike in Belgium since 78 days. He can barely walk after 78 days of his hunger strike. He seems quite weak and this photo tells more about this. When asked 'how many more days will you continue this strike?',he responds: "I'm alone with my body. I can't think about what I'll do today or tomorrow." He further says that "Dying is no longer a problem for me."

Devkota and seven other people on hunger strikes are being cared at the Latin America House in Brussels. Devkota is from Nepal,and others are from-the Ivory Coast, Congo, Guinea, Brazil and Iran. The hunger strikes are being conducted by illegal immigrants or asylum seekers whose applications for residency permits to stay in Belgium are pending or have been rejected.

Doctor Julie Gosuin visits the hunger strikers every day to weigh them, take their blood pressure and dispense pain killers. "They are in a bad way," she says, "These people are in pain, they can't even tell if they're thirsty anymore. There may be heart problems. Something dangerous could happen at any moment."

I think that the condition of Nepal is improving a lot since 2-3 years. We need to return there and work for the betterment of our country and people. The qualified person like him, should return back to country and serve the nation rather seeking assylum in foreign land. We would like to extend our best wishes for his early recovery from all pains and diffcult situations and return back to Nepal to serve his needy people.

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