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Searching for son

Sunday, June 28th, 2015
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From the Nepali Press

Devaki Bista in Himal Khabarpatrika, 28 June-4 July

Every time someone visits the village of Dadhikot, Devraj Khadka hopes for some news on the whereabouts of his son Sabin, who has been missing since the earthquake on 25 April.

Captain Sabin Khadka, who went missing in Langtang after the earthquake on 25 April.

Captain Sabin Khadka, who went missing in Langtang after the earthquake on 25 April.

Sabin Khadka, 27, a Captain in the Nepal Army was posted at Langtang National Park when the earthquake struck. Apart from him, ten other soldiers went missing when an avalanche wiped out the entire area. Only the body of one of the soldiers- Keshav Bista was later recovered.

Manju and Devraj Khadka, Sabin's parents wait for news about him. Photo: Devaki Bista

Sabin’s parents Manju and Devraj Khadka, wait for news about him. Photo: Devaki Bista

 

Devraj was bedridden with fever when the news of Sabin going missing reached the family, three days after the earthquake. He immediately packed his bags and left for Dhunche to search for his son. Unable to get any information, Khadka returned home dejected.

Since then he has made the same trip thrice and handed out Sabin’s photos along with his own contact details to dozens but any news, good or bad, is still to reach the family.

On 22 June, when we reached Khadka’s residence, the family was performing a puja for Sabin’s welfare- it was his birthday. Although the past two months has been nightmarish, the family still hasn’t lost hope, “We will continue searching for our son till the day we die,” said Khadka.

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One Response to “Searching for son”

  1. RAVINDER BAWA on Says:

    Hi

    I am with BBC and would like to speak to someone regarding the story on the story fo Captain Sabin Khadka. We need to contact his parents and also needed a local contact in Langtang. Thanks

    Ravinder Bawa
    +91-9899881333

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