Min Dai found it difficult to support his wife, two sons and mother while living in a squatter settlement in Chitwan, and ten years ago opted to go to Malaysia to work.
He used all his savings and borrowed money to pay a recruiter for a job and flew to Malaysia in 2011 to work as a security guard at a Panasonic factory in Selangor.
However, Min Dai found out he had been cheated by the recruiter, and was being paid only half the promised salary. So he left the company, hoping to earn more as an undocumented worker moving from one job to the next.
He worked in many companies as a security guard, but because he was undocumented employers often took advantage of him, and did not pay his salary, or made him work without days off. He did not want to return to Nepal until he saved enough to pay back the loans he took to pay the recruiter.
Last year, the 38-year-old started getting a sharp pain in his left thigh, but did not have the time to get a checkup. Without a passport, proper papers and insurance, he could not be admitted to hospital.