It's only our first full week of school and as it turns out we'll have to close for at least the next two days for a political strike. It's 11 o'clock at night and there are jeeps driving around the city making announcements over loud speakers warning people not to drive on the roads, open their shops, or even go to work or school. Our city will be in full shut-down mode tomorrow. There was a rally this evening in town with lots of men holding firey torches. It sounds intimidating but it's so common around here that none of us think anything of it anymore. As one of my neighbor's always says "Don't ask when there's going to be a strike, ask when there's not going to be one."
The deadline to finalize Nepal's new constitution is fast approaching and there's a lot of talk and concern about the government making the deadline, especially since the date has already been pushed back so many times and leadership keeps changing. I love this country and its people with all my heart and I have only the best hopes and dreams for Nepal's future. I also really believe that no political party should have the right to shut down schools and institutions where children get access to food, health care, education. Please keep Nepal in your thoughts and wish us luck this month as we navigate our way through the final phases of drafting Nepal's new constitution.
A few articles on political happenings here.