Nine children rescued from abuse at monastery
A quick-acting citizen prompts the rescue of four sets of siblings, ages five to 12, in Nepal.
All nine children were studying under a Buddhist monk who had been sexually abusing them for the past few years. He threatened them, scaring each into silence about the abuse. The three oldest girls escaped for a little over a week but eventually journeyed back. On the road, they stopped, conflicted about what to do.
Then, a man passed by and asked if they needed help. The girls started crying and told him where they were going but how they didn’t want to return. He listened and counseled them, telling them to return to the monastery but promising he would find someone to help them. He immediately informed our agents at the border about the children.
Leaping to action, agents and police quickly rescued the children and arrested the monk. All children got counseling and medical checkups. Four children tested positive for COVID-19 and remain in the care of our staff until they are well. The others were reunited with their families. The monk is in custody and awaiting trial.
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