The Falling Kingdom

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  • The Falling Kingdom
  • 2008. Kant publishing House
  • 89pp. Duetone 65 Black and White illustrations 21×23.5
    Hard cover, Language English, Czech.

The Falling Kingdom

The Falling Kingdom takes us to a country in many transformations. The unstable political situation in Nepal has had a major impact on the infrastructure of its society. This book portrays the great diversity between rich and poor, victim and perpetrator. But most of all, it reveals an old country on the doorstep for rapid transformation. The unsentimental photographs made by Olof Jarlbro shows us a Kingdom on its last breath.

"The Nepalese Civil War was a protracted armed conflict that took place in Nepal between the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the Government of Nepal…"

The Nepalese Civil War was a protracted armed conflict that took place in Nepal between the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the Government of Nepal from 1996 to 2006.

The rebellion was launched by the CPN-M on 13 February 1996 with the stated purpose of overthrowing the Nepalese monarchy and establishing a people’s republic. It ended with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord on 21 November 2006. The conflict was characterized by summary executions, massacres, purges, kidnappings and other war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The insurgency resulted in the deaths of over 17,000 people, including civilians, insurgents, army and police personnel and the internal displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, mostly throughout rural Nepal. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has received about 63,000 complaints, as reported by Commissioner Madhabi Bhatta, while the Commission for Investigation of Enforced Disappearances has received around 3,000.


More than 17,000 people (including both civilians and armed forces) were killed during the conflict, including over 4,000 Nepalese killed by Maoists from 1996 to 2005, and over 8,200 Nepalese killed by government forces from 1996 to 2005.[8] In addition, an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 people were internally displaced as a result of the conflict. Furthermore, this conflict disrupted most rural development activities. The revolution resulted in political, social and cultural change in Nepal.

2006 – King Gyanendra gives up absolute power after widespread protests. Veteran politician Girija Prasad Koirala is sworn in as prime minister and invites rebels for talks. The new government agrees with Maoists to dissolve parliament and form an interim administration that includes rebels. Prime Minister Koirala and rebel chief Prachanda sign a peace deal, ending a civil war which killed more than 13,000 people.

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