May 7, 2016
Nayalal, a 24-year old former combatant from the eastern part of Nepal, had a very difficult childhood. He was born in a poor and marginalized community where most of the houses were made of mud, straw, and bamboo. “When I was small, our house burnt down twice and my family lost everything. To make matters worse, my father started drinking too much raksi (local alcohol),” he recalls. “My four brothers and sisters and I didn’t know what to do. We were looked down upon because of our poverty. It was miserable”, he says.