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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

Award winning film director, Bob Koenig’s documentary, "Returned: Child Soldiers of Maoist Nepal," examines one of the use of child soldiers in the civil war in Nepal. The film will be show in the Hamilton Classroom Teaching Auditorium on Thursday and Friday September 25 and 26 at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Seats are on a first come, first serve basis.

Returned: Child Soliders of Maoist NepalIn the past few months, Nepal’s government has undergone extraordinary changes. Despite recent hopes for peace, many people fear anything could upset the process.

"Nepal is going through the worst political crisis in its history," explains Koenig. "The monarchy has been abolished and the Maoists, the former guerrilla insurgents, have taken control of the government."

"This film has the potential to influence people in the U.S. and other developed nations around the world to take action," says Koenig. "It can help these children at the macro level and at the political level."

Already the film is garnering a positive response both nationally and internationally. After a successful premiere at Atlanta's DocuFest, it is slated to air during the United Nations Association Film Festival, receive a jury award from the American Anthropological Association, and admitted into the renowned Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles.

"All the political parties involved in Nepal, including the U.S. government’s representatives, don’t want the truth uncovered," Koenig says. "They don’t really want justice, they don’t really want to find out who was involved in which atrocities, because they are all somehow linked to criminal acts of violence."

"We're so excited to bring this documentary to New College," says Konnie Kruzcek, director of New College Student Activities. "It's such a great opportunity for our students and the community to gain understanding of a country that is so rarely discussed in the news."

For more information or to arrange an interview with Bob Koenig, please contact Shannon Strischek at (404) 433-1724 or by email at
shannon.strischek@ncf.edu.

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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

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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
By MIHIR DES (emorywheel.com)
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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