ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 140

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Those We Have Lost

Ashish Chaudhary, 25: Nepali student dreamed of supporting his family

Murdered by Hamas terrorists on Kibbutz Alumim, October 7

Ashish Chaudhary (Facebook)
Ashish Chaudhary (Facebook)

Ashish Chaudhary, 25, a Nepalese national who was working on Kibbutz Alumim, was murdered by Hamas terrorists on October 7.

He was among the 10 Nepali agriculture students massacred in Hamas’s onslaught against southern Israel.

According to the country’s embassy, there were 265 Nepali students studying in Israel under an 11-month “Learn and Earn” program. Chaudhary had recently completed a BSc in Agriculture from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at Far Western Regional University.

His body was returned to Nepal for burial on October 22.

His family said that he was excited to take the skills he planned to learn in Israel and start a farming business in Nepal when he returned home next year, and provide for his family. He had only arrived in Israel in September, working for less than a month before he was murdered.

“I thought… it would be good for him and his bright future,” his father Bejhulal Dangaura told AFP with tears in his eyes. “If I had known about this danger, I would have stopped him.”

Dangaura said that he worked his entire life to provide a better future for his children.

“I did not let anything lack from his life since his childhood. All love their children and want to give them a good education. We brought him to this point,” his father said. Dangaura had taken out loans to send his son to college, using his home and small shop as collateral.

His death came just as “he wanted to earn and take care of us,” Dangaura said.

Bejhulal Dangaura shows portraits of his son Ashish Chaudhary, who was killed in Hamas’s massacre in southern Israel, during an interview with AFP at his residence in the Kailali district of Sudurpashchim province, October 13, 2023. (Prakash MATHEMA/AFP)

His sister, Amrita Devi Dangaura, told the news agency: “He was happy. He had many dreams… He used to tell me: ‘Don’t worry, I will take care of everything…’ We are left with neither any business nor farmland nor our family’s son.”

His grandfather, Kanaiyalal Chaudhari, 70, told the Guardian that his grandson had promised to return home, get married and take care of his grandfather who had raised him.

“Why didn’t God take me first?” he cried. “Who will be my support in this old age? Grandson, why have you left this world?”

Agencies contributed to this report.

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