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Five years on, no news of nepal's missing

It's been five years since Nepal's decade long Maoist insurgency ended. But there's no news yet of more than 1,300 persons who went missing during that critical period in the nation's history. Families, who lost their dead ones, are still waiting for clues about their whereabouts. And with each passing year - the wait seems more futile.

world Updated: Aug 30, 2011 23:23 IST
Utpal Parashar

It's been five years since Nepal's decade long Maoist insurgency ended. But there's no news yet of more than 1,300 persons who went missing during that critical period in the nation's history. Families, who lost their dead ones, are still waiting for clues about their whereabouts. And with each passing year - the wait seems more futile.

To mark the International Day of Disappeared, the International Committee of Red Cross and Nepal Red Cross Society published names of those 1,383. "It has become urgent that authorities create a mechanism that will provide answer for the families of missing persons," said Laure Schneeberger, deputy head of ICRC.

Most families remain torn between loss and despair, as they are unable to get on with their lives and begin the process of mourning and reconciliation.

As per the peace agreement signed in 2006, Maoists and the government were required to prepare a list of those disappeared or killed during the civil war and inform families within 60 days of signing of the accord. But that is yet to happen.