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Story Publication logo September 25, 2014

Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal: Leaving Camp

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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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A ritual of leaving has become a part of daily life in the Bhutanese refugee camps in eastern Nepal. Three times a week buses leave the camps with those selected for third-country resettlement, and three times a week family and friends say goodbye. It is a bittersweet time. Most are happy to see their family and friends bound for what is surely a better life, but there is sadness as well. Of course they are sad to say goodbye to loved ones, unsure when they will be reunited and sorry to be left behind, not knowing how much longer they will have to languish in the ever-lonelier refugee camps.

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