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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Nepal: Insurgency fuels desperate exodus

from BBC Newsnight:

Nepal is slowly losing its people. Each year, thousands of them try and escape the increasingly brutal civil war between the government and the Maoist rebels who are trying to bring about a communist revolution.

Added to that is the fact that Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. The average annual income here is around $230 a year. No wonder so many people are trying to get out.

Three months ago, 12 young men left the country in hope of finding jobs as waiters and cleaners in the Middle East. ... But the 12 men who headed to the Gulf this summer ended up in Iraq. As they crossed the border from Jordan they were captured by an extremist Islamic group and murdered in the desert.

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