Nightmare in Nepal for Pietermaritzburg woman

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Melissa Lederle says she will not allow one bad experience to taint her passion for helping people through international relations.
Melissa Lederle says she will not allow one bad experience to taint her passion for helping people through international relations.

Despite a harrowing experience in Nepal with her money and passport being taken away from her, a Pietermaritzburg woman has not been deterred from working abroad.

Melissa Lederle (24), who has a Master’s degree in political science from Stellenbosch University, was given the opportunity to serve an international relations internship with a non-governmental organisation in Kathmandu, Nepal, last year.

However, less than three months in, during early November 2021, the experience became a nightmare when her boss accused her and her colleagues of conspiring against him and he locked them out of their accommodation without any of their belongings, money or passports.

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