Clearinghouse Resource


Bhutanese Refugees: The Story of a Forgotten People (Website)


Bhutanese Refugee Support Group


London, UK: PhotoVoice, Bhutanese Refugee Support Group

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

n.d., pages

Description of Resource

Presents a detailed Internet resource to explain the plight of the Bhutanese refugees by exploring the issues they face, their camp life, Bhutanese history and culture, and the experiences of exiles living around the world. An extensive explanation of the issues that surround the Bhutanese refugees focuses on background and history, human rights violations, an event timeline, video and audio testimonies, and next steps to help the refugees. The Camp Life page uses photo galleries and written descriptions to report on the daily existence of over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees living in seven camps in eastern Nepal with sections on education and children's programs, water and health issues, markets and industry, housing and sanitation, camp administration, and family life. Additional information on the Children's Forum highlights the arts, writing, and photography of children in the camp. The "In Bhutan" page discusses the history, geography, and politics of the country with an emphasis on the plightof the Lhotshampa minority, who were forced to flee Bhutan for Nepali refugee camps in the early 1990s. The "In Exile" page highlights the difficult, yet worthwhile, transitions made by Bhutanese refugees as they resettled in Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia. A press release is provided with a section to help tourists to Bhutan recognize the human rights issues that can be masked by the natural beauty of the country.