Chari Baram's parents were killed in India, a case that remains unsolved today. A year later she lost her home and most possessions in the devastating 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. Her eldest son, Susil, had been in the family home when it collapsed, and his arm was crushed. Susil required evacuation and surgeries to repair his arm. Few villagers in Deurali, Gorkha, make a steady living, surviving instead by cultivating the land for food. Chari's husband, Bhoj, had been in Dubai looking for work during the earthquakes, leaving Susil as the man of the house. Arguably guilty over the medical expenses incurred from his injury, and under pressure to care for the family, Susil's formerly vivacious demeanor changed drastically. He avoided friends and other villagers, becoming despondent in the months following the earthquakes. Locals believe he was suffering from depression.
Several months later, Susil was found dead in the Gorkha River. He had drowned--whether by accident or suicide was indeterminable.
Chari and Bhoj, along with the rest of the villagers in Deurali, still await earthquake damage compensation from the government.