Displaced children run errands for a living

Sankhuwasabha, Sept 21:

A 13-year-old conflict displaced has been sweating it at a house in Khandbari, the district headquarters of Sankhu-wasabha district, for seven years.

Sita Baniya, who was displaced from Pathibhara village development committee-9 with her family, has been working in the house of Sal Bahadur Gurung in Khandbari.

“I was forced to leave my ancestral place after the Maoists seized our land and set our house on fire seven years ago,” Sita’s father Ram Bahadur Baniya said.

Baniya regretted that he had been unable to send his daughter to school because of his miserable economic condition.

“As my daily wage alone is not sufficient to meet family expenses, I have been forced to send my daughter to work as domestic help,” Baniya said.

I want to go to school, but my family cannot afford that, Sita said. The 13-year-old added that she was getting a square meal for cleaning utensils at Gurung’s house.

A son and a daughter of Harka Bahadur BK, who was displaced from Wana village development committee of the district during the armed conflict, have also been forced to work as domestic workers to eke out a living, people of Khandbari said.