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Forced recruitment



Salyan-Since the breakdown of the second ceasefire, the Maoists claim that they have built a strong force of about 6,000 militia in Rolpa, Jajarkot, Rukum and Salyan districts. The figure maybe exaggerated, but the truth is that every household has been forced to send one family member to join the rebels. Under threat, villagers ranging from young children to elderly citizens and women are joining the Maoist army. They are forced to wear green uniforms, unlike the combat dress of the real Maoists, and are made to parade around the villages and shout revolutionary slogans. Last Saturday about 500 villagers and Maoists were walking about flashing their guns, khukuris and swords at Mokhla Bazar, Sthanikhol, Daragaun and Dhorchaur villages. "I'm not sure how long I'll live," says an old man who, along with other villagers, was made to walk for months and not allowed to return home. He adds that the Maoists had promised them that they had to campaign in the villages for only ten days.



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