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Child Soldiers after War
by Robert Koenig and Brandon Kohrt (published in Anthropology News)
May 2009

"Asha"from Robert Koenig's "Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army".

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Fears for 10 thousand child soldiers in Nepal
Presented by Liam Cochrane (Radio Australia)
Posted on Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:54am AEST

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"Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army" Wins Artivist Award for Children's Advocacy at the 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival
By Shannon Strischek (Savvy Buzz)
October 1, 2008

Robert Koenig outside The Egyptian Theatre where "Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army" made its Hollywood premiere on Oct 4, 2008.

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Documentary on Child Soldiers of Nepal Thursday and Friday September 25 and 26
By Shannon Strischek (Savvy Buzz)
September 18, 2008

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Emory study of former child soldiers yields new data to guide mental health interventions
By EMORY UNIVERSITY (e! Science News)
August 13, 2008

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UN Extends Mission in Nepal & Exclusive Video with Prachanda Distributed
By Shannon Strischek (Savvy Buzz)
July 25th, 2008

In the past couple of months, Nepal’s government has undergone extraordinary changes. The nation elected its first president this week and Wednesday the UN Security Council voted to extend the UN mission in Nepal to help with the peace process. Despite recent hopes for peace, there is one thing many people fear could upset the process.

"Many people fear that Prachanda, the leader of the Maoist party will agree to become Prime Minister of this new Democratic Republic," says Bob Koening, who had the honor of interviewing Prachanda during the year he spent making his newly released documentary "Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal Maoist Army".

Prachanda is the leader of the largest political party in Nepal, the Communist Party of Nepal run by the Maoists. Prachanda has received worldwide criticism for his party’s role in the death of thousands and the inclusion of child soldiers in the ten-year-long Nepalese Civil War.

"We were lucky enough to be given an exclusive interview with Prachanda while filming a story on child soldiers recruited to fight with Maoists," Koenig continues. "That was before Prachanda was asked to become Prime Minister and the Maoists didn’t know they’d win the elections in such a dramatic fashion."

Koenig is releasing portions of the interview because of its international importance. The clip shows Prachanda’s dislike for Americans. Here is a transcript of the available clip. It may be viewed at:

"American policy is not good. America's foreign policy, in general, is not good. See what has happened in Iraq, Afghanistan, Mid-west and everywhere throughout the world; it has been terrible due to their bad foreign policy. American policies are against people. Even in the case of Nepal, we made a 12-point agreement before we stepped into peace progress. America was opposed to us. We entered into a peace process, and they opposed. Even now, it hasn't removed us from their terrorist list. American foreign policy is not good for the people of the world. America is not doing anything satisfactory. We think they have to rethink their policies."

"Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal’s Maoist Army" is a documentary video that follows several Nepali youths as they attempt to reintegrate back into civil society after their association with armed groups linked to the "People's War." A preview of the film can be seen on You Tube. The film will be screened in November during the Society for Visual Anthropology's annual Film, Video and Interactive Media Festival as "Best Student Film". It will also play during the United Nations Association Film Festival Film this fall.

To arrange an interview with Robert Koenig or film researcher Brandon Kohrt, please contact Shannon Strischek by phone at 727-209-1745 or by email at

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After War, Child Soldiers Fight a New Battle
By BRANDON KOHRT (EMORY | in the world)
May 09, 2008

Brandon Kohrt conducts mental health and psychosocial training for Nepali villagers.

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New Film Captures Children's Struggles
Dec. 07, 2007

Director Bob Koenig (center, wearing headset) and his crew interview a former child soldier.

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White Mills Man Brings Plight Of Nepalese Youngsters To Life
By TESSA LYNADY (The Wayne Independent)
Sep. 25, 2007

Local Emmy-nominated documentary producer Bob Koenig and his wife Elisabeth at this year’s NATAS Southeast Regional Emmy Awards. (Contributed photo)

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All in the mind: looking beyond just the physical scars of conflict
Guest column by BRANDON KOHRT (Nepali Times)
From Issue #355 (29 June 07 - 05 July 07)

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