Charity workers are picking up the pieces in the stricken country in a bid to rescue kids as young as three from the vile exploitation trades
In heartbreaking scenes, the youngsters have been scavenging through the rubble and the tent cities in the region during the three months since it was shaken by two devastating tremors.
Some have been orphaned, some abandoned – and many have been picked up by people traffickers and sold into work or the sex industry.
Others have been rounded up and live in tents guarded by police to protect them from the vile trades.
Julia Krepska, director of charity Our Sansar, is still working in some of the most remote areas to find such victims. The charity hopes to help 500 children over the next year – just a tiny portion of those affected.
Speaking from the Dhading district in the centre of the country, Julia said: “We know there are more children in isolated villages and trafficking has increased since the quakes, so we are preparing to care for more children.
“They are the forgotten children of Nepal but we are here for them.”
Our Sansar aims to rebuild villages and find permanent homes for the youngsters.
Workers have been to four tent cities in the area, each housing as many as 400 children who need help.
Lila, three, was found severely malnourished and wandering alone next to a creek in Nepal’s Dhading Besi.
She was abandoned because her mother remarried and the new husband did not want her child around.
Julia says Lila appears unaware of her predicament as she runs between the grown-ups’ legs.
Julia said: “We couldn’t really believe her story at first.
“She is not really in our age range of what we provide for but there was nowhere else for her to go. We are the only ones doing this here.
“Now, she bounds around the bamboo huts we have built into a home, keeping staff busy with games, punctuated by her loud laugh and infectious smile.
“These children, in desperate situations, have been found by local authorities and brought here to be rehomed.
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