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Nepal: Births in Peoples Liberation Army Camps

Posted by n3wday on June 3, 2009


This article was published on Inter Press Service News Agency.

Baby Boom in Maoist Army
By Renu Kshetry

KATHMANDU, May 29 (IPS) – At the annual military parade of the People’s Liberation Army, Nepal’s ex-guerrillas, curious bystanders saw a young woman clad in military fatigues kiss and cuddle a baby before handing her back to an older woman.

The PLA soldier, Shanti Kala Kumal, 19, attached to the Fourth Division headquartered in Hattikhor, Nawalparasari district, central Nepal, was on security duty at the 14th PLA Day parade.

Witnessed by the PLA’s top brass and hundreds of civilians, the military ceremony was for her an opportunity to snatch a few moments with her mother and two-year-old daughter, who had travelled from their village in Chitwan, some 45 kms away, to see her.
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