Arjun Pradhan was born in Bhutan and he and his family were exiled to the camps in the 1990s.
He spent 22 years in darkness, until the hope of resettlement in the United States.
He resettled in Minnesota in 2010 and now has hope for his future with aspirations of higher education, as well as the future of his family and the Bhutanese community.
He is a photo journalist, and a regular contributor to: http://www.bhutannewsservice.com
Sample Questions from the interview with Arjun:
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Yasodha Khatiwada was born in Bhutan. She and her family were exiled when she was 33 years old in 1992 and lived in Timai refugee camp (Nepal) for 18 years.
Yasodha, her husband and children all resettled in Minnesota in 2008. Her biggest expectations before arriving in Minnesota were to be able to provide for her children. Yasodha, her husband, and children are all working and they just bought a home. She is excited to become a citizen while having the freedom to continue to practice her religion, Hinduism.
Sample Questions from the interview with Yasoda:
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Shara Motey was born in Nepal refugee camp in 1995 where she lived for 14 years before resettling in Minnesota. Her parents were born in Bhutan and in 1992 were exiled, they lived 17 years in the camps. She was able to go to school for seven years in the camp. She is now in 10th grade in Minneapolis. She loves going to school in Minnesota, to learn, to interact with people from many different countries and religions. Her parents, and most of her extended family were able to resettle together in Minnesota. Her passion is to practice and perform her traditional dance. This is where she met her best friend, Reunka Humagai. They never met while living in the camps, lived four blocks apart in Minneapolis, and did not get to know one another until they started to dance together for festivals. Her biggest expectation is to go to college, study and live with her friends.
Sample Questions from the interview with Shara:
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Ambika Adhika was born in Bhutan and was exiled in 1993 when she was 15 years old. She lived in Goldhap and Timai refugee camps for 17 years before resettling in Minnesota in 2008.
Although there was not an opportunity for her to get an education in the camps, she had her own business selling vegetables. Since her arrival, she and her husband have learned English and are employed.
Her biggest expectation is to have a better life and education for their children.
Sample Questions from the interview with Ambika:
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