Families divided as Bhutan’s refugees start new lives
Chandrakhar Adhikari does not know whether he will ever see his two brothers again.
Bhutanese refugees use a bicycle to transport food supplies at the Beldangi II Refugee Camp 168 miles south-east of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal Photo: AFP
By Claire Cozens
11:29AM BST 21 Oct 2009
Earlier this year, the pair left the refugee camp in Nepal where the family had lived for 17 years for a new life in Kentucky, reluctantly leaving 29-year-old Adhikari behind because he refused to go with them.
Thousands of Bhutanese refugees are leaving the camps in eastern Nepal, where they have languished for almost two decades, under a United Nations resettlement programme.
But a significant minority say they do not want to leave, forcing families to choose between staying with their loved ones and the promise of a new life in the West.
“Bhutan runs in my veins, it is in my blood,” Adhikari said in his tiny bamboo hut in the Beldangi camp, home to 40,000 refugees who fled their homes when ethnic tensions flared in Bhutan in the early 1990s. Read More…