From Bhutan to the Goulburn Murray

Teju Chouhan (Courtesy : Joseph Thomsen - ABC Local)

Teju Chouhan takes you on his journey as an asylum seeker from Bhutan to Albury Wodonga.

As a child, Teju Chouhan was forced to flee his home in Bhutan due to ethnic persecution.

Teju Chouhan (Courtesy : Joseph Thomsen – ABC Local)

For the next 18 years Teju and his family struggled to survive in a Nepalese refugee camp waiting to be granted asylum seeker status.

Teju says although the camp was a safe haven it was still a daily battle just to survive.

“Life is fairly basic in the camp, and if you are lucky you make it through the night, so if you could survive you should be more than happy. It’s about survival. Survival of the fittest.”

That atmosphere was exacerbated by a lack of food at times for refugees in the camp.

“There was a time when people were coming and there was not enough food, and people were dying because of diseases.

There was a time when I was a kid when I counted 40 dead bodies being cremated in a single day.”

Could you imagine growing up in such an environment?

Listen to the full interview to hear Teju describe the complete journey from Bhutan to Albury/Wodonga.

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  1. wel not a very bad interview,but the scanerio of ethnic cleansing and prosecution in southern bhutan was not detail oriented,anyway thanks for ur initial thing we everybody has to know and keep in mind,speaking with media and sharing ones stories should be very historical and political analysis has to be done,otherwise it will convey the wrong message to the entire crisis.the word Sharchops used there in the interview is illustrated in a different plz try to refer Michael Hutt,Unbecoming the citizens,the flight of Refugees from bhutan.