Nyatapola Temple Survived the Earthquake…

destroyed-templeOthers Not So Much

Bhaktapur means “place of devotees” and multiple temple complexes throughout the city testify to that belief.  Five of us spent a day there, before returning to Kathmandu.  In Nepal for nearly two weeks, we visited with family in Pokhara first  before taking a small contingent to Chitwan National Park.  More pictures and commentary can be seen on my travel blog at http://www.mytb.org/Terradiddles

ICT Security training for Human Rights Defenders attended by 28 participants

data-security-training-participantsNov 10-11, 2016, Nepal Monitor organized a two-day ICT Security training for Human Rights Defenders in Nepal. The training was attended by 28 participants from a wide range of Human Rights organizations in Nepal. The program focused on providing practical training on issues of data protection and the safe use of social media. The sessions on Security of HRD in the field, Cyber crime and ICT/Cyber Law in Nepal focused on advice when sharing or publishing human rights issues in public through the use of information technology. Practical sessions included advice on creating and maintaining secure passwords, protecting sensitive files, how to keep internet communication private, and giving additional data security tips. Sessions were facilitated by Dr. Friso Hecker, advocate Prabin Subedi, advocate Barun Ghimire, and DSP Pashupati Kumar Ray, Head of Cyber Crime Department of Nepal Police, Neil Horning, Data Security Expert, and Rajya Laxmi Gurung, NepalMonitor.org Training and Outreach Coordinator. The training was widely appreciated by participants, who highlighted the practical nature of the training and concrete tips on data security as positive points in their feedback. Rem Bahadur BK, chairperson Collective Campaign for Peace, concluded the program by distributing certificates to participants.data-security-training-2016

Epic Photo. Sad Story.

aftershock-nepal-main_hPhoto: Daniel Berehulak

A Year After the Quake, Nepal Is Still a Mess

“If the earthquake was Nepal’s only problem, then people would be fine, in the way of being fine when you lift stones all day to rebuild your house, watch your children die of communicable diseases, and see your local schoolhouse sit destroyed and empty for six months because the patrician class in Kathmandu can’t get organized to receive and spend $4.4 billion. They’d be fine in the tough way of Asian peasantry, their mute suffering ignored in the capital and labeled cultural resilience by foreigners.” — Patrick Symmes.

This article was filed to  Outside Features, Nepal from Outside Magazine, June 2016.  I received it via a posting on Facebook by Wide Open Vistas

If you haven’t already, click on the article’s title (A Year After the Quake…) to read it in its entirety.  It’s well worth the time you’ll spend.