In the midst of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, a tragic revelation has emerged. Gangaraj Moktan, a former Nepali Army personnel, had unknowingly become the face of a grave and worrying trend. It was confirmed on Monday that Gangaraj, who had been serving in the Russian army, had met a tragic end during the conflict. An unsuspecting family back in Ilam Municipality-5, Nepal, grieves for a son whose life was abruptly extinguished on a foreign battlefield.
From Dubai to Russia: Unveiling a Hidden Journey
Gangaraj Moktan had initially left Nepal in 2076 B.S., seeking foreign employment in Dubai. However, his dissatisfaction with his income led him to make a life-altering decision. Despite his family's objections, Gangaraj moved to Russia. Little did his family know that he would be recruited into the Russian army within a short period of his arrival.
Communication, Then Silence
The family maintained regular contact with Gangaraj through instant messaging and Telegram for 15 days after his arrival in Russia. The last communication was on Laxmi Puja day, Kartik 26, when Gangaraj shared that he was resting after spending a week in the conflict zone. However, the communication abruptly ceased. The confirmation of his death was received by the family 12 days later, with the government confirming it 20 days after the incident.
Uncovering a Larger Issue
Gangaraj's story sheds light on a larger issue. It has been revealed that around 150-200 Nepali nationals are serving in the Russian army, despite the Nepali government not permitting its citizens to serve in foreign armies, except in India and the United Kingdom. In fact, six Nepali nationals, including Gangaraj, have been killed while serving in the Russian army. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement urging Nepali citizens not to join foreign armies in war-torn countries and has appealed to the Russian government to repatriate the bodies of the deceased and provide compensation to their families.
As the community mourns the loss of Gangaraj, the government is making diplomatic efforts to rescue and repatriate Bibek Khatri, another Nepali national who has been captured by the Ukrainian army. The incident has led to the government urging the public not to make non-essential travel to Russia and calling for Moscow to stop the recruitment of Nepali mercenaries.
As the family of Gangaraj Moktan awaits the return of their son's body, Nepal grapples with the grim reality of its citizens being drawn into foreign conflicts. The story of Gangaraj serves as a cautionary tale for the families of those seeking employment abroad, and a stark reminder of the far-reaching impacts of global conflict.