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