Organ trafficking a major problem in Nepal

Activists say, for more than 20 years, people from villages in Kavre have been the primary source of kidneys for sick and desperate patients throughout Nepal.

Organ trafficking a major problem in Nepal

World Bulletin / News Desk

The sight of people begging for kidney treatment in Kathmandu has become common. Aging populations, poor diets and no health insurance systems mean increased organ disease in the capital of Nepal. 

The kidney is the organ in highest demand and the black market is traffickers are meeting the demands. According to a report by Global Financial Integrity’ every year 7000 kidneys are obtained illegally. 

The same report shows that every year the illegal organ trade is making profits between $514 million to $1 billion. 

Jeet Bahadur Magar and his wife spent their entire savings to treat their son's kidney disease; they are now out on the street hoping to raise enough funds to cover the medical bills.

"I pray to God that no one has to ever go through kidney failure problems," Jeet Bahadur said.

Activists and authorities say that Kavre is a ground zero for the black market organ trade in Nepal. 

Activists say, for more than 20 years, people from villages in Kavre have been the primary source of kidneys for sick and desperate patients throughout Nepal.

According to Forum for Protection of People's Rights, a Kathmandu-based non-profit human rights organization, in the last five years more than 300 people have been reported to be victims of kidney traffickers in this district alone.

"Social stigma and threats from traffickers keep many victims from coming forward," said Rajendra Ghimire, a human rights lawyer, and director of Forum for Protection of People's Rights

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