At just age 6, Urmila was sold into slavery by her family. Trapped in that life for almost 12 years, Urmila was finally able to escape and has dedicated her life to freeing other children sold into slavery across Nepal. She dreams of a time when this will be a terrible memory for people, and not a daily fear. In order to take her cause even further, Urmila has been working towards becoming a lawyer, but the challenges of getting an education, spending time speaking about her past, and doing all she can to rescue other girls is making it difficult to succeed at any of those one things.
It has only been within the last few years that the act of enslaving young girls in Nepal has almost been abolished. When we first begin our journey in Urmila: My Memory is My Power, there is still a lot of work to be done, and very little real help from the government for Urmila and her cause.
Her story is heartbreaking, but she realizes that it has made her who she is now, even going so far as to explain that if that had not happened, she would not be fighting for the girls still held. It’s an inspiring survivor story, but only part of the focus. Urmila wants to become a lawyer, but her work with former slaves affects her studies. Watching her try to balance both aspects while constantly being told she can’t succeed at both, is almost as painful as her experience in slavery.