According to the National Human Rights Commission, 2,240 people have been 'disappeared' in Nepal. Of them, 43 were held at Bhairabnath Battalion, an infamous barracks in Kathmandu that has been compared to Abu Ghraib. Many Nepalese believe the disappeared were killed in custody and cremated in mass graves. Most relatives of the missing have given up hope, but there are some who still fight for justice, hoping that their loved ones will return. Fifty-nine-year-old Tika Kandel is one of them. His son, Amrit Kandel, disappeared in 2003
My 26-year-old son, Amrit Kandel, was arrested by the Nepalese army on 10 October 2003. He shared a room with his elder brother, Ram Hari Kandel, and helped him to run his glassware shop in Kathmandu.