9/19/2016

‘I am from Bhutan. I was evicted from the country in 1991. We traveled all the way through India to Nepal and we lived in a refugee camp for seventeen years. Finally, in 2008, after seventeen rounds of bilateral talks to repatriate failed, we were approved for refugee status and got resettled in Utah like many others in other states and seven different countries. Life in the refugee camps was about survival with about ten thousand other people. Even though we were provided rations by UN agencies, in the camp, we lived our lives in poverty and in need. I miss Bhutan. It’s a small landlocked kingdom between India and China. Bhutan is ruled by Buddhists who moved from Tibet and China. In the eighties, they enforced a code, ‘One People, One Nation’ by which ethnic Nepalese were deprived of the basic human rights that we demanded peacefully but that the government turned down forcefully. They tried to force their culture, language, and religion on us and that was unacceptable to the Nepali-Hindu community. They told us, ‘if you want to live here, you follow what we say. You do what we say, you eat what we say or you leave the country or we’ll kill you.’ So, obviously, we had to leave. I came here with my wife, my children, and my siblings. My children are doing so well now and they have opportunities here that we couldn’t have dreamed of back home. They are at the University of Utah. My son is about to graduate with a biomedical engineering degree and life is moving along very well and I’m proud to now be a citizen of the United States!’ #welcomingsaltlake

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