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More than 1,000 people missing from Nepal's civil war

More than 1,000 people missing from Nepal's civil war

More than 1,000 people are still unaccounted for from Nepal's 10-year communist insurgency that ended last year, an international humanitarian agency said Wednesday.
Families continue to come forward with names of the missing, increasing the list to 1,042 people, said Mary Werntz, chief of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Nepal.
Many of the families believe their relative is probably dead, but haven't received official confirmation, Werntz said.
At least 13,000 people were killed in the decade-long conflict.
Many of the missing are believed to be rebels who fought to make the Himalayan nation a communist state, Werntz said. Last year, the group gave up its arms and signed a peace accord. The party joined the government in April.
In June, the government formed a special commission to account for the missing people, but work has stalled as protesters demand a separate inquiry into alleged war crimes.
Werntz accused the government of failing to abide by international law during the war.
Government officials were not immediately available for comment.


Updated : 2021-05-07 01:19 GMT+08:00