Wednesday, December 31, 2008

KRM welcomes new Bhutanese Refugees

In the next few weeks KRM Lexington is welcoming our first refugees from Bhutan. These refugees were forced to leave Bhutan in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Since then, they have lived in refugees camps in Nepal. The international community was reluctant to resettle the Bhutanese refugees because they wanted to pressure Bhutan into letting them return. Almost 20 years have passed and Bhutan is unwilling to accept the refugees. The international community is now resettling the Bhutanese refugees into third countries like the US.

Most of the Bhutanese refugees speak Nepali and Lexington is home to 300+ Nepali speakers. The Nepali community in Lexington is excited to help the Bhutanese transition to life in KY. We expect to continue to resettle Bhutanese refugees throughout 2009. If you are interested in working with Bhutanese refugees, please contact our office.

Also visit this great website to find out more information about Bhutanese refugees.

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