The ongoing blockade of Nepal’s border with India has created shortages of essential goods like fuel, food and medicines and put millions of infants at risk of disease or even death.
What the actual story is?
The blockade is being enforced by the Himalayan nation’s Madhesi minority, who say the country’s recently enacted constitution discriminates against them. According to UNICEF, the lack of essential medicines and vaccines will adversely affect over three million children under the age of five. Trade with India accounts for 60% of Nepal’s medicines and a large proportion of fuel and essential goods.
The Madhesi have strong ethnic ties to India, and Nepal’s government accuses Indian border officials of actively supporting the blockade.