400 Nepalese children kidnapped by Commies
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: "ATHMANDU: Suspected Maoist rebels have abducted hundreds of students and teachers from dozens of schools in northwest Nepal, a human rights group said on Thursday.
The abductions happened between Saturday and Wednesday in Accham district 400 kilometres northwest of the capital Kathmandu. The students and teachers, mainly from secondary schools, were forcibly marched to an undisclosed location for indoctrination by the rebels, a human rights official said.
'We have received information from our bureau that the Maoists have abducted hundreds of students, teachers and other civilians from scores of villages in Achham district,' said Subodh Pyakurel, president of the Informal Sector Service Centre human rights group. Pyakurel said 'they were taken as flocks of sheep to undisclosed locations.' Police also reported the abduction of 60 students from a school in Dolpa district, 475 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu on Wednesday.
'The Maoists selected 60 sturdy looking boys and girls of grades six to 10 and abducted them,' police said after a teacher at the school reached the district headquarters Dunai on Thursday.
The rebels, who are fighting to install a communist republic, regularly abduct students for indoctrination sessions and normally release them several days later. Local human rights groups and the United Nations Children’s Fund have routinely condemned the abductions and have received pledges from the Maoists to halt the practice. Pyakurel appealed to the rebels to release the children."