Now, conflict-hit kids threaten ‘war’

Kathmandu, June 4:

Children of people killed by the state during the decade-long armed conflict today warned that they will wage a war if the government does not provide them with judicious compensation.

“We were threatened and tortured when we needed love and care from our parents,” said Bidhya Bhatta.

Addressing an interaction between children whose parents were killed during the conflict and representatives of organisations working for child welfare, Bhatt, a student from Kailali said, “We will be compelled to fight to assert our rights if the government does not compensate us.”

“We are ready to explode if the government fails to address our woes,” warned another student Aruna Karuwal. Katuwal, who hails from Udaypur, said: “We will take the path shown by our parents.” “Didn’t our parents shed their blood for the betterment of the nation?” she questioned. Pointing towards the chief guest and Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Khadga Bahadur Biswokarma, Katuwal said, “The Maoists have joined the government, but the children of the Maoists killed during the conflict are still neglected.” “Why don’t our ministers think of us?”

Some 500 children, whose parents were killed by security forces during the conflict, are taking part in a weeklong ‘Let us Live and Study’ campaign here. The All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary is the organiser of the campaign.

ANNISU-R president Lekhnath Neupane said his organisation will be compelled to take the matter to the court if the government does not provide compensation to the children of those killed by the state.

Gauri Pradhan of Child Workers in Nepal Concerned Centre (CWIN) said the children of the people killed by the security forces have been subjected to discrimination. “The government should protect the rights of all the children to live and study.”