Images of Maoist child soldiers and recruitment from around Nepal UWB Photo Blog
Sixteen-year-old Sameer Rai was recruited on Thursday (Nov 16) by the Maoist Peoples’ Liberation Army. A resident of Dharan (Ward No 16), Sameer says that he left school to “serve the country” by joining the PLA. Pics by Raju Ghising
The CPN Maoist has recruited 24 youths including a girl from Dharan.
Parents are not happy with the Maoist recruitment. Bimala Devi Rai cries after the Maoist forcefully recruited her son Hira Bahadur Rai.
Armed Maoist woman guerilla heading toward the cantonment site in Palpa on Thursday (Nov. 16) from Sardikhola of Kaski. Maoist gueirlla are being gathered in Palpa cantonment from around the region. Pic by Prem Nepali
A school girl (left, front) is accompanied by a Maoist PLA guerilla. PLA guerillas of fourth division office force are taking the school girl to Palpa’s Devinagar cantonment site for recruitment. Pic by Iswori Neupane
A woman guerilla with a garland of bullets belonging to Maoist PLA’s fourth division force. Many guerillas left Pokhara on Thursday for Palpa. Pic by Iswori Neupane
PLA guerillas in Humin VDC heading for Chirtung of Devinagar VDC on Thursday (Nov 16). Daily up to 200 guerillas who were until recently working in various labor organizations are heading toward the cantonment site in Chirtung, Palpa. A tripartite team of Nepal government, UN and the Maoist inspected the main cantonment site but there is no preparation of establishing the camp in Chirtung. Some guerillas complained about the situation as they faced shortage of cooking materials. Pic by Madhav Aryal
Parade in a Village: School children take part in a parade on Thursday (Nov. 16) in a field in Pedari village, 16-kilometers north-west of Nepalgunj, after they were recruited by the Maoist PLA. They are being trained by armed Maoist soldiers. These children were forced to say that they “arrived here because we wanted to be artist”. But villagers say that Maoists assured them of salary and other benefits. Pics by Janak Nepal
Sixteen-year-old Ramesh BK of Pedari village Pedari in the queue for the training after he was recruited by the Maoist. He was studying in 7th grade before being recruited eight days ago. Pic by Janak Nepal
Sixteen-year-old Manisha Khadka of Khadgwar, Khoalpur. She was studying in 8th grade before being recruited by the Maoist PLA eight days ago. She said, apparently under pressure from her recruiters, that she wanted to be an artist.
A Maoist guerilla in duty in the compound of Lumbini Buddhist University in Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha. Maoist entered inside the compound reently, cleaned it and established a camp here. The place was lacking care from the time very beginning. This Maoist cadre with a khukuri in his hand was questioning people who wanted to enter inside the compound. Pic by Madhav Dhungana
Ramjeet Paswan of Inawarsira-7, Bara pleads in front of human rights activists, media persons and local residents for his release from Maoist captivity on Thursday in Dumarwana of Bara district. On right is his brother. Maoists had detained him and his neighbor Kanhai Lal Sah 10 days ago for their alleged involvement in ‘criminal activities’ in the name of Maoist. Maoists had planed to released both today in the presence of rights activist. But after Paswan rejected all the allegations in front of other people, Maoists didn’t release him. They, however, released Sah. Maoists have said that they will keep Pawan in their custody for a few days. Pic by Shankar Acharya
Ganesh KC of Rangkhani-7, Baglung who joined the Maoist party at the age of 12. His whereabouts is unknown. In the photo below, his father Bimal KC requests rights activist on Thursday (Nov. 16) to find his status. Pic by Lal Prasad Sharma