I just got back from my first real trek! I’m alive and well…tired! Kathmandu is much different right now, then when I left. I only have an hour to get back to my room since the government has imposed a curfew, and I just arrived from my trek, so I gotta go and get some food. Write more when I can.
This updated wardens’ message is being issued to alert American
that the US Embassy confirms that the Government of Nepal has called a
curfew effective 2:00 pm today. All American citizens should remain
indoors (home, hotel or place of employment) from 2:00 pm onward until
confirmed that the curfew has been lifted.
The text of the message issued earlier today follows again below:
This wardens’ message is being issued to alert American citizens of
civil unrest in and around Kathmandu and possibly other urban centers
Nepal in reaction to the tragic killing of 12 Nepalese nationals by
al-Sunnah terrorists in Iraq on August 31. The Embassy strongly urges
Americans to maintain a low profile, to avoid all road travel in and
Kathmandu Valley, and to remain in their homes, hotels, or places of
until the situation stabilizes. The Nepalese authorities may institute
Valley-wide curfew as early as this afternoon.
As of 10:30am on September 1, 2004, the Embassy had received reports of
street mobs burning vehicles and looting Nepalese manpower companies.
Protestors have also set fire to the Jame Mosque near the old clock
downtown Kathmandu. While focused in areas around Ratna Park,
groups of protestors are demonstrating, burning tires and disrupting
throughout the city. Many parts of the Ring Road are closed down. The
possibility of violence, particularly against Muslims, is high.
For further information about security conditions in Nepal and guidance
recommended security measures to follow, American citizens are strongly
encouraged to refer to the Consular Information Sheet for Nepal, found
the Department of State’s home page at http://travel.state.gov and the
American Embassy in Nepal’s home page at http://www.south-asia.com/USA.
Specific information may also be obtained by calling the Embassy at
411-1179 and asking for the American Citizen Services unit of the