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Press Release      

Tuesday March 11th 2008

One in Four responds to the issues raised in “Fairytale of Kathmandu” documentary.

Neasa Ni Chianain’s documentary, “Fairytale of Kathmandu”, accompanies the poet Cathal O’Searcaigh on one of his regular trips to Nepal.  The film depicts O’Searchaigh’s distribution of charitable funds, but raises some serious concerns about his relationships with the young people he is helping.

Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Advocacy Director of One in Four, said “Nepal is an extremely poor country with low levels of literacy and health care. Receiving assistance towards education or work opportunities can be a life changing experience for a young person. Distributing aid places the donor in a position of power and creates an enormous responsibility to ensure that relationships with recipients are boundaried and without personal obligation.”

‘Fairytale of Kathmandu’ is a documentary about the sexual exploitation of vulnerable young people. It illustrates very clearly how disparities in age, income, education and status can lead to the abuse of power.

Fitzpatrick added “The young men who are interviewed appear to be sexually innocent, and we must ask if they were in any position to give informed consent to a sexual relationship with an older wealthy foreigner. This question goes beyond issues of sexual orientation and must be addressed regardless of gender.”

“Wherever it occurs, be it Ireland or Nepal, sexual exploitation is always based on the dynamic of abuse of power. Whether or not the benefactor recognises the inappropriateness of his behaviour does not lessen the impact upon these vulnerable young men” noted Fitzpatrick.


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