Sani Praja and Kaman Maya Praja teenage widows

Sani Praja and Kaman Maya Praja (with her 2 year old son) became widows at 17 when their husbands along with 17 other labourers from Jogimara were mistaken for Maoists and killed by the army in March 2002. Image: ©Mohan Mainali 2010

Following widespread Maoist attacks on Police and Army posts in late 2001, the Civil War escalated further in 2002. The United States intervened, granting $12 million of weapons and training to the then Royal Nepal Army. A fresh round of peace talks between the government and the Maoists collapsed in May. Shortly afterwards King Gyanendra dissolved Parliament and called for fresh elections, only to depose the then Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and install Lokendra Bahadur Chand in his place. Words cannot do justice to the losses and trauma endured by ordinary Nepalis at this time.

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