People in Conflict
The civil war in Nepal may have ended but conflict has not. Last Thursday Ram Bhandari spoke to our group on the topic of people in conflict. During the civil war there was a total of approximately 1,600 disappearances, including disappearances on both sides of the conflict. Since then, there has not been a mechanism created to address the victims. Many families still do not know what happened to their loved ones; if they are alive or if they are still imprisoned after all of these years without reason. The Nepali government has suppressed the voice of the victims in hopes that the situation will eventually wear to silence.
Their voice is often lost among the commotion of writing a new constitution. Ramdai is working to have the people of conflicts’ agenda met, but it is no easy task as he is working to create a voice for 1,600 and their families along side Nepal’s 22 dalit, 69 madhesi, 60 indigenous, and 104 caste groups. Aside from the potential of their agenda being lost against the mass, they have the added challenge that the government is reluctant to acknowledge their agenda.
The people of conflict are looking for a right to truth. They want to know what happened to their family members and they are advocating for the government and individuals to take accountability of what has happened. The lack of knowledge and accountability has left many with feelings of revenge which is a dangerous feeling to have brewing when reestablishing a government.
Because they are a relatively small group in this time where every “group” in Nepal is working to have their voice heard, does this mean they can be marginalized? What about their hurt and their quality of life?