Thursday, January 24, 2013

Eviction in Nepal

This poignant photo is of a little boy holding his baby sister after riot cops in Kathmandu, Nepal forcibly evicted mostly Dalit families who had set up an “illegal” settlement in an area targeted for gentrification (in May 2012). It is one of the memorable moments from 2012 captured by photojournalists. The government of Nepal is heralded by many who call themselves socialists because it calls itself socialist. But you can’t play ball with the IMF, World Bank, & international agribusiness & prioritize human welfare at the same time. Something has to give. And if it’s human housing, health care, & well-being then what’s the point of being socialist!? Before the word, there is the deed!  (Photo by Bikash Dware/Reuters)

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