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Bhatteghari village, Surket District, midwestern Nepal
20 August 09
PADAM BAHADUR SUNAR, 31
“There is no irragation on the farms, and less rainfall so production is going down.
“We get water in the rainy season, but during the winter or the dry season, there is hardly any water at all and it’s a very difficult time. Even the ants can cross the river in the dry season.
“I have been going to India for the last 10 years for work. I stay about 5-8 months a year. In that time, I can make around 10,000 rupees; sometimes up to 25,000 rupees.
“I leave my family behind in the village.” Just married last year.
“I’m a driver and get job running heavy construction machines. If I don’t go to India, I wont earn enough money to support the family.
“I’ll be happy to live with my family in my own country, but we don’t earn much and I’m forced to migrate for work.
“All adult men in this village will migrate to India to find work…around 200 men do so in this village. Most are still in India right now..just a few of us came back recently.”