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Bhutanese Refugees

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on 25 April 2013

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Transcript of Bhutanese Refugees

The Ethnic Cleansing
Foreign Minister Lynopo Dawa Tsering: "If a group of people comes here they must integrate into the mainstream. They must wear the national dress and learn the national language. It is important to preserve our sovereignty and independence by ensuring that we have a distinct national identity." Families were driven out of their homes, some beaten, tormented, and raped at the hands of their countrymen. ONE NATION ONE PEOPLE Nepalese Refugee Camps In the 19th century, Bhutan invites more than 60,000 Nepalese laborers to cultivate and clear the land.
Until 1950, Nepalese did not involve themselves in any of the government's national affairs. After 1950, protests against the discriminatory policies of the Royal Government erupted.
Nationality Act of Bhutan (1958) RESETTLEMENT ...through an application process given by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which then sends its referrals to country-specific resettlement agencies, such as the United States' Overseas Processing Entity. If granted resettlement, refugees enter their new countries knowing little about them, their new homes representing completely foreign societies. Refugees waiting in line for resettlement interview 54, 732 in the United States; 4,663 in Canada; 3,476 in Australia In A New Place... According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, refugees face daily challenges originating from language barriers (77%), worries about family back home (57%), and difficulty maintaining cultural and religious traditions (43%). Kirk Semple of The New York Times: "Now they dwell among high-rise canyons, contending with wild traffic...a miasma of cultures and languages." The Struggles of Resettlement Tika Chapagai, resettled in the Bronx of New York: "I wish my son to be a doctor, but I don't know what he will do, what he will become in the future, because we're struggling right now. If we don't have money, we can't go for studies." "They actively participate in the process of constructing new self-identities as they negotiate the intersection between their culture of origin and their host culture."
-SAGE journal "International Social Work" Effects of the Cleansing
Refugees suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, specific phobia, anxiety disorders, and physical disease from malnourishment and bodily torture. From February 2009 to February 2012, the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the United States Department of Health and Human services reported 16 suicides among refugees in the United States directly connect to these disabilities and difficult coping with their new lives. These victims of human rights abuses need true integration, and deserve to feel welcome within their communities, to find value within their new situations to recover from the horrors of their past. Raising Awareness How You Can Help Bhutanese Refugees Good in the Hood Good in the Hood Mission Statement Unifying individuals and neighbors through service How does Good in the Hood help refugees? Good in the Hood partners with Hser Ner Moo occasionally to serve the refugee community of Salt Lake.
Last month, Good in the Hood held an Easter egg hunt for 100 refugee children.
Also, earlier this year, Good in the Hood held a Valentine's Day activity at Hser Ner Moo. Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center Mission Statement: How to Volunteer at Hser Ner Moo "The Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center empower refugees and immigrants through the process of successful integration by facilitating access to resources, expanding networks and layers of service, creating opportunities for leadership, and by providing relevant, responsive services and support." Email Domoina Vonairosoa at dvonairosoa@southsaltlake.com Complete a background check Commit to one to two hours a week for at least a semester Start making a difference today! How to Volunteer with Good in the Hood Visit www.dogoodinthehood.com http://www.dogoodinthehood.com/#!get-involved/vstc1=internships Bhutan Nepal Salt Lake City
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