Church workers reach out to quake victims in remote Himalayan villages

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May 16, 2015

Relief workers from the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Assumption Parish in Kathmandu, Nepal, distribute food items and tents May 9 for Hindus and Muslims on top of Baretol mountain in Kathmandu. The village was affected by the magnitude-7.3 earthquake April 25. (CNS photo/Anto Akkara) See NEPAL-REMOTE May 14, 2015.

Relief workers from the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Assumption Parish in Kathmandu, Nepal, distribute food items and tents May 9 for Hindus and Muslims on top of Baretol mountain in Kathmandu. The village was affected by the magnitude-7.3 earthquake April 25. (CNS photo/Anto Akkara)

NAMJUNG, Nepal (CNS) — “Sir, because of luck, we all survived. But, we may die of hunger,” Mithuram Pariyar said when a church relief team arrived after a four-hour drive from Kathmandu.

“Nobody (relief worker) has set foot here in two weeks,” said Pariyar, summing up the travails of 29 families.

It was this neglect that prompted the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Assumption Parish in Lalitpur to carry nearly 1.5 tons of rice and other food items along with shelter material to the mountain May 9. The route included five miles of a rocky and slushy steep climb that would test anyone’s driving skills.

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