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PHARASPAL, DANTEWARA DISTRICT, CHHATTISGARH, INDIA, FEBRUARY 26, 2008 :  Malai festival in Pharaspal, a village of Dantewara district in the state of Chhattisgarh. The southern region of Chhattisgarh is part of India's tribal belt and three fourth of the population are tribal, mainly from the Gond tribe and sub-tribes. They live in villages throughout the region, in the mountain, the jungle, and have preserved their traditional way of life and traditions by being isolated from India's march forward. In this area, the Maoist insurgency called Naxalites have been waging a war against the government for the past 25 years and has been gaining momentum in in the past few years. They are present in some 150 of the 600 districts of India, and Dantewara is one of Chhattisgarh rural Maoist stronghold where they control most of the countryside. The overwhelmed police force is hiring more personel to deal with the Naxalite threat and the Government has armed civil defence anti-naxalite milicias to take on the naxalites , emptying villages to cut local support to the rebels. The movement called "Salwa Judum" (campaign for peace)  started in june 2005 when some villages took a stand against the Maoists, but it is now dragging the whole district into the bloody civil war, at the expense of the  local tribal villagers caught in the middle and forced to leave their ancestral homes for the security of refugee camps. The conflict has claimed over 900 lives in 2006 and again in 2007, and some 50 to 60,000 people live in makeshift camps, protected by the Salwa Judum and the police force. But for the tribals who do not want to leave their home and villages, there are no government services available, meaning no health care or education for the children. They live in complete isolation from the rest of India. (Photo by Jean-Marc Giboux/ GettyImages)