From The Nepali Press
Space Time, 30 November
FROM ISSUE #173 (05 DEC 2003 - 11 DEC 2003) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Dhangadi - The Maoists in Kailali district are putting a halt to development activities funded by the Germans and the British. They have been distributing leaflets saying their action is necessary to put an end to "Western influence". The rebels say that the recent visit by German ambassador R?diger Lemp accompanied by GTZ staff to western Nepal indicates growing foreign interference even in villages. The Maoists accuse NGOs and government agencies for misusing funds in the name of rehabilitating and resettling the liberated kamaiyas (bonded labourers). There are an estimated 30,000 kamaiyas in the district. The rebels sent a message to the District Development Committee not to run its RCIW program without their permission. Two days ago, the Maoists confiscated a motorcycle and gave a last warning to the engineer and overseer of RCIW when they entered Urma VDC without any \'permission papers'. Engineer Birendra Kumar says that the Maoists started taking action after they learnt that some NGO workers and government staff started using foreign funds to politically influence the kamaiyas, dalits and other displaced populations.