Community raises over $40,000 in one week to repatriate Sydney student Milan Tamang’s remains

13 December 2018: The remains of Milan Tamang, a young international student at Hamro Institute of Business Technology in Sydney, arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Wednesday.

A picture received by southasia.com.au shows grief-stricken Krishna Bahadur Tamang receiving his 20-year-old son’s body at the Kathmandu airport. They young student died at Westmead Hospital on December 6 reportedly due to “brain hemorrhage”.

The father had earlier called on the Nepalese diaspora in Australia to organise repatriation of his son’s remains to Nepal. The IT student had arrived in the country only two months earlier.

Grief-stricken father of Milan Tamang is comforted by a friend as he receives his son’s remains at TIA I Photo: Supplied

Acting on the grieving father’s request, Tamang Society of NSW, Non-Resident Nepali Association Australia and few other community organisations have raised $40,718 in less than a week. The fund will cover the cost of repatriation of Mr Tamang’s remains as well as provide financial relief to the bereaved family, a press release by Tamang Society said today.

“This is what happens every time tragedy strikes someone in our community and this is what I love about my community. We instantly forget all differences like caste, religion etc and become one in an effort to help out,” said Dipak Khanal who is the CEO of Hamro Institute.

In addition to the fund jointly raised by the community organisations, Milan Tamang’s family will also receive some $10,000 from Hamro Institute. Mr Khanal said that’s the college fee Milan Tamang had paid when he commenced his course.

The deceased hailed from Miklajung Rural Municipality in Morang district of Nepal. It is understood he was sharing accommodation with his friends in Auburn, a Western Sydney suburb popular with Nepali expatriates and young students.

His Australian dream had just started, on October 6, when he arrived in the country to pursue higher studies.

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