For ten years, from 1996-2006, Nepal suffered through a horrendous civil war. Young children were taken from their parents and forced to serve the Maoist rebels. Child traffickers took advantage of many of these families, promising a safer life for the children for a large fee.
Conor Grennan, about to turn 30, took a year off from life to travel around the world. He thought the idea would sound impressive, but for obvious reasons his friends and family were concerned. He ended up in Napal, volunteering for an “orphanage” for children rescued from traffickers called Little Princes. After spending three months there he returned home, only to realize that part of his soul was still back in Nepal with those children.
He soon returned to Nepal and to the orphans. Determined to reunite the children with their parents, Conor literally risked his life traveling across the Himalayas and through unmapped areas of the country. He was forced to deal with a corrupt government to save the lives of these children.
Ultimately, Conor and others start a non-profit foundation, Next Generation Nepal, with the sole purpose of reuniting parents with their children.
They way the author details the childen & Nepal itself, the setting comes alive on the pages. The children, despite everything they had been forced to bear, were still incredibly loving & hopeful children. They’ll leap right into your heart, as they did to mine.
This book left me wanting to do something to make a difference myself, left me wanting to be a better person.
Following is a clip of Conor discussing the children of Little Princes: