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Bitter past, arduous present and hope for future

MAKAWANPUR, FEB 10 -

It was life’s biggest irony for Maiya BK of Sindhupalchok who was selling tea and biscuits to UCPN (Maoist) representatives and volunteers during the party’s seventh general convention in Hetauda last week. All she had in mind during the jamboree was that the erstwhile rebel party had ordered the murder of her husband 10 years ago.

Her two sons assisted Maiya in her business for a whole week, skipping their classes. One of the boys, Prabin fell sick due to cold. They worked day and night and Maiya earned up to Rs 7,000 a day. The woman said her husband, Mohan, then 35, was shot dead by rebel Maoists alleging him to be an informer against them. “They [the Maoist cadres] shot my husband after dragging him out of the house. I don’t know their motive,” she said.

Following the incident, Maiya and her two sons went to her parents’ at Churiyamai VDC-2 in Makawanpur, where they were given a plot of land. A hut was constructed for them there.

Maiya has withstood all the suffering. “I wish such bloody politics never occurs again. Conflict victims are living with numerous hardships,” she said.

She is providing for her family as a cart vendor, with support from Plan Nepal, an NGO. She sells biscuits and tea and confection, going from place to place.

Prabin, 18, and Prakash, 16, help their mother out. Prabin is an 11th grader while Prakash studies in the tenth grade.

 

Posted on: 2013-02-11 09:33


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