31 May '15, 7am

Thousands of children return to class as schools reopen after #NepalEarthquake

Thousands of children return to class as schools reopen after #NepalEarthquake

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Thousands of children, many still traumatised from losing homes and loved ones, returned to class on Sunday as Nepal's schools formally reopened following a devastating earthquake that claimed more than 8,600 lives. Many children attended lessons in temporary classrooms made of bamboo or in tents on playing fields after their schools were destroyed or badly damaged in the quake that struck on April 25. Eight-year-old Sahaj Shrestha clung to his father as they walked together through the gates of state-run Madan Smarak School in the Kathmandu valley. Sahaj's mother Mina Shrestha said their son has been too terrified to leave their side, even to go to the toilet, since the quake destroyed their home and forced them to live in a tent. "Aftershocks are still continuing. It is difficult not to be nervous about sending the children to school again," Ms Shrestha...

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