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 Unique Indigenous Group in Nepal Remains Isolated, Landless
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The Santhal community is an indigenous group in eastern Nepal. With their own customs, language and religion, Santhals remain isolated and unaware of rights to preserve their identity.

by Tara Bhattarai Senior, Monday - March 28, 2011
JHAPA DISTRICT, NEPAL – The clock reads 7 p.m. on a gloomy winter evening. Rajgadh village, located in the Jhapa district in the southeastern corner of Nepal, glows from the dim light of oil lamps. As Shree Tudu, 57, cooks dinner on a clay oven in her “kitchen,” a small straw hut in the middle of a field, a makeshift metal pipe clanks in the wind periodically, disturbing the calm evening. The fire’s heat keeps the front of her body warm, but her back can’t escape the cold as dew drenches her yellow scarf.

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