Nepal authorities try to block Missionaries of Charity delivering aid

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May 20, 2015

A young earthquake victim is comforted outside a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12. A magnitude-7.3 earthquake hit a remote mountainous region of Nepal that day, killing at least 19 people, triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the country was hit by its worst quake in decades. (CNS photo/Hemanta Shrestha, EPA) See NEPAL-QUAKE2 May 12, 2015.

A young earthquake victim is comforted outside a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12. A magnitude-7.3 earthquake hit a remote mountainous region of Nepal that day, killing at least 19 people, triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the country was hit by its worst quake in decades. (CNS photo/Hemanta Shrestha, EPA)

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS) — Members of the Missionaries of Charity had to spend more than two hours waiting at police headquarters for clearance before they could deliver food, blankets and other promised relief to earthquake victims in a remote mountainous area of Nepal.

The group of six sisters, eight brothers and about six volunteers had asked for police accompaniment on their May 17 mission because, on an earlier trip, they had been accosted by looters while carrying aid to people trapped in the mountains overlooking Kathmandu Valley.

But from the Missionaries of Charity center for destitute women at Mitra Park in Kathmandu, the police escorts diverted the vehicles carrying relief material to police offices in Lalitpur District, one of the three districts in the Kathmandu Valley. The officers insisted that government permission was required for relief distribution.

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