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A Cartoonist In Nepal Illustrating The Covid’19 Crisis In The Country

Since March 24, Nepal has been under a nationwide lockdown meant to last until April 27. As in so many countries, the COVID-19 outbreak is exposing social inequalities and testing the capacity of government infrastructure.

As all movement has ground to a halt, Nepalis are being confronted with enormous changes to their daily lives.

Some of these include: hordes of people forced to leave the Kathmandu Valley for their villages on foot, online education and online businesses on the rise, accusations of police brutality while shopping for essentials, among many others.

In response, Nepali cartoonists are using satire and comedy to draw attention to alarming social issues as well as everyday life.

Rajesh KC, a Kathmandu-based political cartoonist, commented on reports of police crackdowns shows on citizens allegedly in violation of the lockdown measures. The security personnel in the cartoon says: “I killed 5 crore [1 crore = 10 million] coronavirus on his back.”

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