Monday, February 24, 2014

Nepal: pregnant, working the fields (video)

Seven, Wisdom Quarterly; Sonia Narang, The Ninth Month,  PRI's The World,  Feb. 23, 2014
Machermo Range reflected in Dudh Pokhari, Gokyo, Himalayas, Nepal (peterwestcarey/flickr)
VIDEO: She's seven months pregnant -- and still working in the fields in Nepal
Second most sacred peak (Amazing Nepal)
Januka Rasaeli lives in a rural village in officially Hindu (ethnically Buddhist) Nepal, where women do strenuous chores all day long (as in neighboring India and throughout much of Asia). Heavily pregnant, she worries her work will put her baby at risk. In recent years, Nepal has made a big push to improve the health of pregnant women, and the country has seen a drop in the number of women dying during childbirth. Yet, expectant mothers often do backbreaking work that can harm their health and that of their unborn children. As she toils all day, Januka Rasaeli, 28, shares her hopes and fears. VIDEO

Farming and tending animals in unspoiled, rural Nepal, which has five climactic zones.

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