An update on one Nepali girl’s visit to New York for the Women in the World Summit.
Last night, after an excursion to the Statue of Liberty and just before heading out to see The Lion King on Broadway, Suma slipped into the theater at Lincoln Center. Scanning the vast and grand auditorium where she will sing her song tomorrow, she had only a single question: “Will everybody hear me?” When we explained yes, a massive smile spread across her face. And then she hugged us.
It’s become clear to me over the last couple of days, as I’ve had the privilege of hanging out with Suma, that she is here on a mission. Her song, she’s explained more than once, isn’t only about her experience, it’s about the thousands and thousands of Nepali girls who remain trapped in the Kamlari practice of indentured servitude. Girls just like her. As she is quick to remind us, she may have been rescued after six years of hard labor and abuse, but many of her friends have not.
Tomorrow night, Suma says, she will sing for them.
Watch Suma sing live Thursday, March 8th starting at 6:30 pm ET here on the 10x10 blog. And help educate other rescued Kamlari with our partner Room to Read here.