Archive for May, 2009
There have been a lot of developments in Nepal over the past 10 days or so. I haven’t had the energy to blog about the recent events which have sent my head and heart spinning. The Prime Minister of Nepal resigned this past Monday.
Since I hadn’t been following Nepal news on a daily basis* my first clue that something was going down came late last week when my friend who is in Nepal now posted a status update on FB about a late night escape from the Terai (where she is doing research) back to Kathmandu.
(*really, for those who are in the process of IA, how do you keep up with everything? I’ve been focusing on learning about Nepal from a cultural , religious, and geographic perspective and then also about attachment and parenting. And just monitoring completion of our dossier which has been like pulling teeth. I’d let current affairs slip a wee bit. Oopps.)
Anyway, later on my friend posted some news articles. I am glad for that heads up now because I don’t know how I would have reacted if I had turned on the computer Monday to the news of Nepal’s Prime Minister resigning without it.
As it was, I was crushed. It was really hard to say at that point what the current crisis would mean for adoptions. I think it may have been my lowest point in the last two+ years. All my doubts, all my insecurities erupted to the surface.
I am feeling a bit better today though plenty of questions remain. I don’t want to go into a political analysis of the situation. I have not studied emerging democracies nor do I know the full political context of Nepal. I am learning. It does now look like there is cause for optimism that Nepal will be able to form a new coalition government and that is a good thing at so many levels. We’ll just have to continue monitoring things. As for the adoption process, my understanding is that Ministry of Women, Children, and Social Welfare is still accepting dossiers and there has been confirmation of the first couple of referrals being received. So things are still moving.
I haven’t been in much of a bloggy mood of late. I have no news to share. Our agency and I spent a good while trying to track down and resolve whatever misfire happened between NVC and CIS in Ho Chi Minh City. Last Friday we were told that the 1600 packet had been sent off from Vietnam to Nepal finally. (Three weeks after the initial request was sent.)
On Monday, we received an email from our agency stating that they anticipated picking up the last Guarantee letters from the Embassy and submitting all the dossiers that they have waiting (5) this week. Since then, nothing. So, I have no idea whether our dossier has finally been (dusted off after 2 1/2 months of sitting somewhere and) submitted.