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Inside Nepal's Revolution
NOVEMBER 2005
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Rebel Territory
Photograph by Jonas Bendiksen

Enforcing their hold on Nepal's countryside, rifle-bearing Maoist rebels patrol the western village of Turmakhad. Once known as a peaceful Hindu kingdom blessed by the peaks of the Himalaya, Nepal has collapsed into violence. Maoist troops and supporters control many of the country's rural areas, gaining success through a mix of intimidation, guerilla-style attacks, and the promotion of a class-based revolution modeled on the principles of Mao Zedong, the former leader of communist China. Government troops loyal to King Gyanendra hold the cities. Since the insurgency began in 1996, nearly 13,000 Nepalis, most of them civilians, have died.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS 3
Film Type: Ektachrome 100
Lens: 24mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Early morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
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