Nepal: Kidnapping Kids for the Cause


December 29, 2005: Years of unrest have led many more Nepalese to leave the country. People are now leaving at the rate of one percent of the population a year. About four percent of the population is now outside the country, sending home part of their income to support family still in Nepal. While the Maoists are killing fewer people, they are increasing there terrorism efforts, attempting to frighten local officials and teachers to do what the Maoists want (provide resources for the Maoists, and indoctrinate students with Maoist doctrine.) In the past year, nearly 15,000 high school age children were kidnapped for indoctrination and recruiting.

December 25, 2005: The three month Maoist cease fire saw deaths decline from 483 during June-August, to 75 for the last three months. The army never agreed to a ceasefire, so 62 of the deaths were caused by the troops, while 13 were victims of the Maoists. In the last nine years of Maoist violence, about 13,000 have died.

December 24, 2005: Maoists, under pressure from the UN, have agreed to let aid organizations work in areas dominated by Maoist gunmen. This enables the Maoists to establish some legitimacy with the UN, and extort supplies and support from the aid agencies.

December 22, 2005: Maoists continue to raid villages, kill anyone who resists, then kidnap the villagers for several days of political indoctrination.


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