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Old wounds



NAWALPARASI -Tijiya Yadav (below) of Bargadahawa cannot help crying and stuttering in front of anyone who visits the place. Her two sons were killed and her house was blown apart in a Maoist attack here. Gulichi Chaudhary, 80, has a similar story. She lost her son and grandson in the raid.

Even though a year-and-half has passed after the brutal killing of 10 people, the village is still drowned in sorrow. After the incident, 42 displaced families have igrated to India.

Amongst those who have lost their sons is Dhandhari Kahar, 73. She has been using the money provided by the government to buy food. She says: "The government tried to dull the pain with money but it hasn't helped. If only money could bring my son back."

The Maoists forced the villagers out of their homes, lined them up and shot them dead. The security forces set up a temporary camp at the local school. Although the government provided Rs 150,000 as compensation but it hasn't paid any attention since then.

The family of Kamal Kahar, who was killed in Lumbini Regional Hospital two days after the incident, did not even receive compensation. Kamal's widow Batasha says, "I can't take care of my family. I can do nothing but stare at the faces of the orphaned children."



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