Deepa doesn't know how old she is, but she looks about 10. In 2000, the Nepalese government outlawed the Kamaiaya system and promised financial support and land to help former slaves establish themselves. Deepa's mother was freed from servitude but was also among the estimated two-thirds of Kamaiya who have yet to receive any support. Unable to raise Deepa herself, she was forced to send her off to work in much the same way as she would have done had the law never been passed.
Copyright Rob Few