WRD observed in refugee camps

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Hundreds of school children and general exiled Bhutanese engaged themselves in the celebrations of this year’s World Refugee Day (WRD) on Thursday.

Students and general refugees take part in a mass rally organized to mark the World Refugee Day (Picture: Dikesh Lama)
Students and refugees take part in a mass rally organized to mark the WRD (Picture: Dikesh Lama)

Various donor agencies including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), camp management committee and camp-based volunteers organized separate mass rallies in Beldangi and Sanischare camps to mark WRD.

Those taking part in the mass rallies in and around the camps carried placards carrying different slogans as ‘reunite families, don’t fragment them’ and ‘we want dignified repatriation’.

Later the rallies dispersed, and turned into a mass gathering where a variety of cultural items and dramas were performed followed by speeches from camp secretaries, exiled leaders and representatives of various agencies.

Meanwhile, newly appointed UNHCR Representative in Nepal, Steven Craig Sanders, thanked the host community and the Nepalese government for housing exiled Bhutanese for 23 years.

Sanders expressed his gratitude while addressing a cultural program organized in Damak on Wednesday.