On Parade

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December 10, 2012.  Human Rights Day Parade.  Kathmandu, Nepal.

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As we made our way to the Kathmandu Model Hospital, to meet with a group of surgeons about our developing collaborative relationship, we came to a barricade in the street.  We initially assumed there to be some sort of demonstration, which is not uncommon here, but had the relatively pleasant realization that the hold-up was due to a “Human Rights Day” parade.

Schoolchildren, hippie-types, and military groups marched together, all carrying various signs and banners to promote awareness about human rights violations.  The marching band in particular caught our attention, with a whole squadron of bagpipers, none of whom were actually playing the bagpipes.