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Radha’s saga : Refugee camp to WWAAC Award

Radha still does not know why she was forced to leave her country, Bhutan in the 1990s.  She was an infant when her family became the victim of the ethnic cleansing policy of Bhutan. Radha’s family was a resident of Surey, a small village, in Southern Bhutan. Radha was destined...

Devi Charan Poudel –Collage of Success and Suffering II

3.0 Shopping in Khalikhola , spy and arbitrary arrest Recuperating from the torture, Devi Charan planned to visit Kalikhola in the second week of April 1991, to shop for spices and tea leaves for the summer. With monsoon turning around in June, all travel would be shut down and...

Risk of Eating Wild Mushroom

  In May of 2013, and April and July of 2016, Bhutan's National Daily,  Kuensel reported that there were separate fatal incidents of mushroom poisoning in Bhutan. The harvesting of wild plants as pabulum is a means of sustainability in rural communities. This culture has been there for a long...

Narmaya: a life lost in time and space

Narmaya’s marriage to Dahal’s family has always been a heavenly gift. She was treated as the daughter with immense love and affection with no pinch of indifference shown customarily to daughter in-laws of those time. Narmaya didn’t face the age-old practice of giving unwanted troubles and extra loads...

Unreal reality of Nar Maya Dahal, as it happened

Journey of paranoia ‘I just picked up this orphan baby of 18 months and left Bhutan risking my life. Nobody was there to escort me to cross Bhutan’s border. I was the last one to exit from my house. But you look here, now that same baby has become the...

Chasing the dreams- Refugee camp to Sydney

After two years of undergoing through a tedious vetting process for my resettlement, I couldn’t wait longer to leave refugee camp- a place where not only were I was born, but also raised and spent the most frolicksome time of my childhood and teenage calling it a home. Since...

“We ate almost half the field of raw corn ears”- Radha Devi

Radha Devi Thapa was barely nine, when both of her parents left her and five other siblings orphaned in a span of three months in 1972.  It was in a village of Nainital, in Dalim block of Samdrupjongkhar district in southeastern Bhutan. Including her, eight kids, ranging  two months to...

‘Played in dirty water, read in moonlight’-Rudra Timsina

 A refugee child who had never seen the switch of electricity or the remote of a television would have never thought he would be an engineer in his lifetime. How does a kiddo who cannot distinguish between TV and computer imagine being an engineer? Mr. Rudra Timsina born in Bhutan...

‘It takes a village to raise a child’: from Sanischare camp to Stanford

Moving to the United States as a 10 year old, I was ecstatic for the opportunities that were ahead of me. So on April 23, 2009 when the day came for us to leave, I boarded the IOM bus with a smile on my face completely oblivious to the...
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