Over the past few days a process rarely seen unfolded itself. On March 22, only six weeks ago, the Goldhap and Sanischare refugee camps in Jhapa and Morang districts of Nepal were struck by separate fire mishaps that happen there frequently during the Nepal dry season. Only this time on a devastating scale leaving the Goldhap camp destroyed for 90% and the Sanischare camp for around 20%.
Over 5,000 refugees living in an extremely vulnerable position were, again, victimized. Exiled from Bhutan by ethnic cleansing twenty years ago they still live in dire conditions in those two districts [...]
Devika Pradhan rises early each morning to stoke the open flame of her cooking fire, boiling enough tea for her three grown children still asleep in the next room of their bamboo hut. At the time, the growing population of southern Bhutanese, who are mostly Hindu and of Nepali origin, was viewed by the Bhutanese Government as a threat to the nation's traditionally Buddhist society. Using threats, imprisonment, and torture, the Bhutanese regime coerced the refugees into leaving.
8,000 miles away in Carl City, Minnesota—literally the other side of the world—her fourth child Jeeban, 22, rolls out of bed around the same time, microwaves an old cup of coffee, and catches a city bus from his apartment to the restaurant where he works.