Homecoming of a Nepali Migrant Worker from India

Tales of hope, tales of despair

By Dinesh Wagle in Achham, western Nepal
Wagle Street Journal
[This article appeared in today’s Kathmandu Post. Nepali version of the same appeared in today’s Koseli of Kantipur]
Photos by Wagle. Photos of Wagle by David Geoffrion

When I saw him for the first time walking on the dusty Karnali Highway leading to Jumla in Dailekhi land, the image of “Afghan Girl”, a famous photo by photojournalist Steve McCurry, popped in my mind. In the picture published on the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1985, the Afghan refugee girl Sharbat’s eyes and face reflect immense pain and fatigue. I saw the same pain and fatigue on Rajesh Shahi’s face.


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