Russia-Ukraine Conflict: 302 Nepalis reach safe destinations

Published On: March 2, 2022 04:10 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 2: As many as 302 Nepalis affected by the Russia-Ukraine conflict have reached safe destinations. Addressing a meeting of the High Level Committee on Assistance and Rescue of Nepalis Affected by Russia-Ukraine Conflict Tuesday evening, Nepali Ambassador to Germany, Ram Kaji Khadka said that Nepalis have so far reached Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova from Ukraine in search of a safe place.

According to the committee, 232 Nepalis have arrived in Poland, 39 in Slovakia, 23 in Romania, and four each in Hungary and Moldova. Earlier, a meeting chaired by Ambassador Khadka, who is also the chairperson of the committee, had decided to take necessary steps for the safe relocation of Nepalis displaced by the war.

Addressing the meeting, rescue committee coordinator and NRNA Vice President Dr Badri KC said that Nepalis living in Russia also have regular contact with Nepalis living in Ukraine. He said that the national committees of NRNA were actively involved in the rescue operation and that preparations were underway for the mobilization of financial support through the active participation of NRNA Poland.

Similarly, acting ambassador to Russia, Sushil Ghimire said that all Nepalis living in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, have left Ukraine. He said that Nepali students in Russia have recently started coming in contact with the embassy out of concern. He said that the ban on air travel with Russia by the western countries has created tension among Nepalis living in Russia.

Likewise, in the meeting, health committee coordinator Dr Bodh Subedi said that the Non-Resident Nepali Association has provided food to the distressed Nepalis. Subedi said that the number of Nepalis living in Ukraine could be more than expected. Secretary of the committee Chiranjibi Khadka shared his experience of working in the border area for the rescue of Nepalis.

Meanwhile, Bikram Khadka from Dang, who survived the war in Ukraine by walking for four days, shared his experience during the meeting. He recounted the experience of almost being hit by a bomb on the way from Ukraine to Hungary and hearing loud noises.


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