Bhutanese Refugees Start New Life

March 9, 2008

Author: Charles Haviland

Source: BBC News

After more than 15 years of waiting, the first Bhutanese refugees in Nepal have started to leave for a new life in other countries.

More than 100,000 Nepali-speaking Bhutanese people have been in refugee camps in Nepal since the early 1990s.

The mainly Hindu people were forced out of Bhutan, a Himalayan kingdom which has a code of national conformity.

Bhutan, which maintains that most left voluntarily, has never allowed any to return to the country.