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Inside the Maoist War for Nepal | India, Land of Beauty and Despair | Migrant workers, the poorest of the poor. | Beauty wrapped in barbed wire. | Monkeys, Pigs, and Beasts of Burden. | A dedication to beauty, honor, and pride.

Beauty wrapped in barbed wire.

May 2005: In Nepal and outside the Kathmandu Valley are agrarian communities that have existed for centuries in roughly the same condition they are today. I did notice phone lines but there was little or no electricity and water flowed from wells or taps that came down from the Himalayas.

The Monarchy has surrounded these communities with check points, barbed wire, and machine gun bunkers which I was not allowed to photograph although they were everywhere. It is to both protect the villagers from the Maoist Insurgency and to prevent them from joining it.

The people in these villages were quite happy to have their photos taken and offer me tea or fruit. I offered them lollipops and Jolly Ranchers and showed them their photos in the viewfinder.

These people are not refugees and they are not in a poor state of health. It is in places like this where international aid would be counter productive as it risks destroying a life style that is part of our common human ancestory.

However, international aid is still desperately needed by refugees and migrants in other parts of Nepal and throughout the developing world.




Beautiful Farm Girl
Beautiful Farm Girl
Field Worker
Field Worker
A warm smile.
A warm smile.
Playing
Playing
Freshly Planted Rice
Freshly Planted Rice
Washing up
Washing up
Lovers
Lovers
Rice planters.
Rice planters.
Ceramic pottery for grain/rice storage.
Ceramic pottery for grain/rice storage.
Pottery maker.
Pottery maker.
Another pottery maker and his little girl.
Another pottery maker and his little girl.
Nose ring.
Nose ring.
Working the rice paddys.
Working the rice paddys.
Country classroom.
Country classroom.
Expressions
Expressions
Uniforms.
Uniforms.
School girl striking a pose.
School girl striking a pose.
The harvest.
The harvest.
Wheat banger.
Wheat banger.
Stacking the grain.
Stacking the grain.
Death
Death
Pride
Pride
Pitchfork Tattoo.
Pitchfork Tattoo.
Grandmother
Grandmother
Grainery and a smile.
Grainery and a smile.
Rest time.
Rest time.
Inside a Nepalese home.
Inside a Nepalese home.
Tangled water retrievel rope.
Tangled water retrievel rope.
The carved landscape.
The carved landscape.
Foot Path 1
Foot Path 1
Foot Path 2
Foot Path 2
Foot Path 3
Foot Path 3
Foot Path 4
Foot Path 4
Returnee
Returnee
Fetching water from the well.
Fetching water from the well.
Laundry.
Laundry.
Weaver.
Weaver.
Loving mother with lollipop.
Loving mother with lollipop.
Coming of age.
Coming of age.
Bamboo
Bamboo
Checking the crop.
Checking the crop.
Surprised look.
Surprised look.
Cultured.
Cultured.
Mother and crying child.
Mother and crying child.
Amputee
Amputee
Dishwasher
Dishwasher
Pretty Smile.
Pretty Smile.
Cutting him loose.
Cutting him loose.
Ornate
Ornate
Boys will be boys.
Boys will be boys.
Potato Sac.
Potato Sac.
After the harvest.
After the harvest.