This picture taken on February 2, 2016 shows Nepalese former Maoist child soldier Khadka Bahadur Ramtel and his wife Manisha Khadka (L) look look at old photos of the rebel years in Kathmandu. AFP PHOTO / Prakash MATHEMA
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Nepal's former Maoist rebels paid tribute to fallen comrades Saturday in a ceremony marking 20 years since the start of an insurgency that transformed the Himalayan nation from a Hindu monarchy to a secular republic.On 13 Feb., 1996, Maoist guerrillas attacked a police post in western Nepal's Rolpa district, launching a decade-long civil war that eventually claimed some 16,000 lives and left hundreds of people missing.For many ordinary Nepalis, who voted for the party in Nepal's first constituent assembly elections held in 2008, the Maoists failed to deliver on their pledge of bringing equality and progress to the deeply feudal country.
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