HAMHUNG, North Korea, July 24: In the 10 years he has been digging up ordnance from the Korean War, Maj. Jong Il Hyon has lost five colleagues to explosions. He carries a lighter one gave him before he died. He also bears a scar on his left cheek from a bomb disposal mission gone wrong.
The 14-km Naubise-Nagdhunga stretch can take what seems like an eternity to traverse for the weary passengers trying to enter the national capital by road. Long lines of vehicles, big and small, wind their way down from the chicken-neck of Nagdhunga check-post, waiting for the police inspection at the check-post after which they can roll into Kathmandu Valley.