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Story Publication logo October 3, 2014

Bhutanese Refugee Portraits

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Image by Julia Rendleman. Bhutan, 2014.
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The Himalayan country of Bhutan is known to some as a beautiful Shangri-La, a nation with a high...

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These portraits introduce us to some of the Bhutanese refugees who have immigrated to Pittsburgh and to their family members who are waiting in the camps in Nepal to be resettled. A few tell the stories of people who either do not want to leave Nepal for "third countries" or have little chance of immigrating due to personal circumstances. The application period for third-country resettlement closed at the end of June 2014 and although most remaining refugees applied, over a thousand did not. We wonder what will become of them when everyone else is gone, where they might go when camps are closed.

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