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Nepal's Thriving Insurgency Wrecks Postal System

Postal services are the latest casualty of uncontrolled Maoist violence in Nepal, where guerrilla attacks on mailmen and postal offices are isolating millions of people in far-flung rural areas. Over five million residents of hilly, often inaccessible districts of this mountainous kingdom are denied access to postal services, which are often the only way to communicate, especially with relatives living abroad. Maoist rebels have reportedly bombed around 550 post office buildings and jettisoned another 1,000 of the 4,000 post offices across Nepal. Since mountains and hills constitute over 80 percent of Nepalese territory, only a small proportion of mail can be delivered by bus and airplane – till the district headquarters and places with airfields and transport access. Full Story

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