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In 2007 I spent a week at Pashupati Briddhshram (old home), the largest old people's home in Kathmandu run by the government.

I witnessed and photographed the desperate plight and conditions that the elderly people live in throughout each day and night.

The existing and increasing population of aged people is becoming one of the problems that Nepal has been facing in recent years.

Abandoned by their family and cast out from their home, this is a last resort, there is no choice. With just 9 care workers to wash and clean for the elderly
people, these neglected souls live in appalling inhumane conditions. Most of them are frail and sick, deprived of care and love while many others are dying.

Pashupati, likened to Varanasi in India, is Nepal's holiest Hindu site situated on the banks of the Bagmati river and cremation ghats....they are simply
waiting to die.

Some of the elderly people sit in the sun during the day, their living quarters simply too cold. Some of the residents are too frail and ill so are bed-ridden,
with little choice as they lie waiting to die.
Some are blind, some mentally ill, some physically disabled, while many require constant medical attention and care - something that is unable to be

Funded and managed by the Ministry for Women, Children and Social Welfare Pashupati Briddhashram, is marred by an acute shortage of everything from basic water supply, electricity and care workers these elderly
people are in dire need of care and dignity.

Mark Coughlan Photography

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