A cultural show by Maoist soldiers

A cultural show by Maoist soldiers
©Sam Kang Li

On the 3rd of February 1996 members of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) attacked a police post in Holeri in the remote Rolpa district of West Nepal. This signalled the beginning of what the Maoists called the 'People's War' - an armed revolution against the Nepali monarchy and government. Its aim: to reinvent Nepal - ridding it of the corruption that has traditionally plagued Nepali politics - and to establish the 'People's Republic of Nepal'. The Civil War in Nepal would a last decade, claiming almost 15,000 lives by the time it ended with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord in 2006. Nepal and its people would never be the same again.

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