Given the centuries-old relationship between Nepal and the United Kingdom, Gurkha veteran Hari Budha Magar has called on the British government to contribute vaccines to Nepal.
Magar, who lost both legs in Afghanistan, demanded that the UK government do more to assist Nepal in the vaccine effort in a video message.
“Vaccination is the only way out of this pandemic. As a Gurkha veteran, I’d like to ask the UK government to do more to help Nepali residents get vaccinated,” Magar added.
According to Magar, the second wave of Covid-19 is wreaking havoc on Nepal, and many Gurkha veterans and their families have been particularly hard hit.
Magar also emphasized the two countries’ long-standing relationship in the statement.
“The United Kingdom and Nepal have had a long and storied history dating back over two centuries. “We fought side by side all around the world,” Magar remarked.
Magar is a mountaineer and explorer who has set numerous world records. He is the first double above-knee amputee to reach the peak of a mountain higher than 6,000 meters. He enlisted in the British Army at the age of 19 and spent 15 years with the Royal Gurkha Rifles. When Magar stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2010, his world was turned upside down in an instant. He suffered many injuries and lost both of his legs above the knee.