Story from Mugu under Peacebuilding
High in the Himalayas, Mugu is a very steep, remote district about seven days' walk from the nearest road. It's a tough place to live, with some of the lowest development statistics in the country. UMN has been working in Mugu since 1999.
Somati (5) lives in a village two days walk from the Mugu district centre. In July 2009, she fractured her leg in a fall. As the health post attendant was absent, her parents sought help from a traditional healer. He applied a poultice, but the leg became infected. Somati was in terrible pain. Her father carried her for two days to the district hospital. Unfortunately, there was no doctor present, so the hospital directed him to UMN. Somati's leg was terribly swollen.
Somati has been fitted with a prosthetic leg and has commenced school, although this will be interrupted by her regular trips to Kathmandu for the treatment she still needs.
She is poor, disabled, and lives in a very difficult place. But she has some important things going for her, too. An opportunity to get an education, support from a local UMN partner organisation - and a father who loves her!