Despite the end of Nepal’s decade-long conflict between Maoist guerrillas and the government in November 2006, a large number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are still unable to return home, and live in extreme poverty in urban centers. The UN, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and local NGOs estimate there were over 200,000 IDPs in the country during the conflict. That number has only marginally reduced as former Maoist rebels control the villages returning is risky, aid workers say. Children outnumber adults in the IDP population and they also suffer the most, according to the NRC in Nepal. (IRIN)

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