Activists in Nepal have accused the government of failing to provide adequate support for victims of landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Thousands of people were left crippled by landmines and IEDs in the decade-long armed conflict which ended in 2006 and left some 14,000 dead, said the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC), a human rights group.
According to the Nepal Campaign to Ban Landmines (NCBL), over 5,000 people were left physically disabled as a result of landmines or IEDs.
“We have been advocating with the government to provide more long-term support and not just compensation to the victims. However, there has been very little response,” said anti-landmine activist and NCBL co-ordinator Purna Shova Chitrakar.