ROLPA, May 18: Every next household in the Rolpa villages live with the hidden wounds of the decade long insurgency. Hundreds were killed and disappeared from here as it was made the epicenter of the bloody war. While the nation still struggles to satisfy the war time complaints leaving victims largely disappointed, those severely hit people in Rolpa have stated that the lockdown triggered by Covid19 has left them even more disturbed. Unlike the normal days, they now have plenty of time to miss and long for their lost beloved family members.
ROLPA, May 9: It’s already been almost 14 years since the then Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and Nepal government signed the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) in 2006, ending a decade-long war and starting the peace process. The peace process is said to have been concluded. However, the vestiges of the war, which was fought for more than a decade, have been troubling the people of Rolpa time and again.
ROLPA, May 2: Lal Bahadur Khatri, a brick kiln worker in Kathmandu, reached his home in Rolpa in the afternoon on April 30 after spending 14 days at a quarantine facility amid coronavirus outbreak fears.
ROLPA, April 25: After an 18-hour long journey from Kathmandu to Rolpa on a tipper truck, a group of laborers got off at the Bal Mandir in Libang, the district headquarters of Rolpa. They had their children and bags with them.
ROLPA, April 19: When the plague came to my village in Rolpa in 1943, my neighbors started dying. People fled to the forests to escape from the disease. My mother also passed away in April 1943. No one from the village came to cremate her dead body. My maternal uncles from another village dug a hole to bury her and returned without visiting our home. “My father tied a rope around the waist of the dead body, dragged it to the hole and buried,” Nandalal Pokhrel, 87, of Rolpa Municipality-1, Mewang, recalled the story of the epidemic, which haunted Nepali society some 77 years ago.
ROLPA, March 15: A huge number of families in Rolpa who had sought the whereabouts of their family members disappeared during the decade-long Maoist conflict have come to know that the complaints they had filed at the commission concerned have themselves disappeared. While a total of 132 complaints were filed at the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons’ (CIEDP) from Rolpa three years ago, the commission does not have more than 98 complaints with it now. The rest have disappeared! With this, the affected people’s hopes for justice have turned bleak.
ROLPA, March 8: Police in Rolpa have stated that the cases of domestic violence against women are rife, and ample of such cases are related to caste-based issues. Child marriage in the district is common and the marriages are rather 'love marriage' these days where caste and class become a secondary matter for girls and boys initially.
ROLPA, March 7: Health posts and hospitals in Rolpa are not well-equipped. The shortage of medicines and doctors here often make the headlines. As the news of the spread of coronavirus across the world is making rounds, locals in the rural areas of Rolpa have raised concerns over the poor health facilities they have. They have urged the government to avail sufficient medicines at the local health units and the district hospital. On the other hand, health professionals in the district hospital have also lamented the inefficiency of the hospital and health units.
ROLPA, March 5: Nepal Rastriya Secondary School in Fagam of Rolpa is a great hope for the bright future of children in the remote village. In lack of this school, many would not have got an opportunity to study as there are not many schools in Rolpa. However, given the current situation of the school, guardians and students can be least optimistic. Students sitting for the upcoming Secondary Education Examination (SEE) in the school state that they have not turned beyond 24 pages of their English book.
ROLPA, Feb 26: Mansari Pariyar does not know the formal names of her children. She calls them by their pet names such as Kale, Bhunti, Dauri and Dalle, among others. Her husband Bhansingh doesn't remember even the pet names, let alone the formal names which were given to his kids during some rituals. Mansari, 44, and Bhansingh, 38, have 13 children in total. They actually had 14 but one died last year.
ROLPA, Feb 22: Locals have expressed deep concern over the likely operation of cement factories around the Mahabharata mountain range, arguing that "this will certainly have an irreparable environmental impact". In view of the ongoing environmental impact assessment by Samrat Cement Private Limited, they have taken to the street. They have warned of consequences if the factory is allowed to excavate the mountains, basically the Murrule highland. The highland situated at an altitude of 2,153 meters near Holeri is considered precious from both environmental and cultural points of view.
ROLPA, Feb 4: Jayakala Pariyar, 18, looked quite exhausted and weak when Republica met her on the premises of Rolpa District Hospital on Friday. She had come to the hospital for the treatment of her two-year-old son who was suffering from fever, cough and cold.
ROLPA, Feb 2: The government has cancelled the contract with Pappu Koshi and Neupane JV Construction Company after the latter failed to give expected results in a road project for repairing a 20-km road in eastern Rolpa. The company has also been slapped a fine of Rs 90 million. According to chief of 'Rural Road Network Repair' project, Moha Dutta Bhatta, the company had been awarded the road project worth Rs 442.3 million.
ROLPA, Feb 2: The Rural Road Network Improvement Project has terminated the agreement with JJECCAL-Pappu-Koshi and Neupane JV for failing to complete the road maintenance work within the given deadline.