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Just outside of Dhangadhi is this settlement of freed Kamaiyas - bonded labourers who worked in slave-like conditions until the government abolished such practices in 2000. The Kamaiyas were supposed to receive land and other assistance to help them start new lives, but only around one-third have received anything so far. For these villagers, freedom means the freedom to live a life of poverty with nothing. <br />
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Without proper homes, they are squatting here, but are under constant threat of assault or other abuses by their higher-caste neighbours. <br />
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Dhangadhi town in Far Western Nepal is one of the country's poorer and more isolated regions. It is home to many of Nepal's Dalits - the so-called "untouchables", who are at the bottom of Nepal's strict caste-based system. As well as dealing with abject poverty, these people also have to cope with widespread discrimination by the rest of society, which is fiercest in underdeveloped rural areas. They have little access to services such as healthcare and education and routinely face abuse, from which they are often denied protection by the army and police. In some cases, it is the army and the police who abuse them.

Just outside of Dhangadhi is this settlement of freed Kamaiyas - bonded labourers who worked in slave-like conditions until the government abolished such practices in 2000. The Kamaiyas were supposed to receive land and other assistance to help them start new lives, but only around one-third have received anything so far. For these villagers, freedom means the freedom to live a life of poverty with nothing.

Without proper homes, they are squatting here, but are under constant...
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