KIO 2013 Glimpses

The Others

In 2007 the Nepal Supreme Court approved a Third Gender Citizenship, the “Others”. Despite being recognised by the law of the country, they are marginalised and face intense discrimination. Many of them experience grave difficulties in finding jobs and integrating into society.

The World Beneath My Feet

Utsav Khadgi lost both hands in an electrical accident when he was five. Although he is unable to write or eat like other people, he uses his feet to fulfill all his daily tasks.

Taking back my streets

“A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders, to let him know the world hadn’t ended.” Bruce Wayne, The Dark Knight Rises.

The Invisible Stitchers

Dhanus – a bow shaped instrument used to tear and soften cotton. “Sirak dasana banaune ho?” Followed with a distinct twang from the Dhanus as the quilt makers peddle for orders outside textile and cotton shops.

Brick by Brick

Sarmila is one of a growing number of fortunate women in patriarchal Nepal. As a professional architect, she has designed and built a house for her sister whilst juggling her family life.

Living with Goddesses

Kumari is believed to be an incarnation of Taleju, the divine universal-mother goddess. As a 4-5 year old child she is chosen only from the Shakya or Bajracharya clan of the Nepalese Newari community.