Bhutan is bordered by China, Nepal and India. In the mid 1980’s the government declared a program of “Bhutanization”, calling for one country, one people. This eliminated the traditional dress, worship and language of these southern Bhutanese people in favor of the Northern, ruling Druk majority and king. The families have been living in refugee camps for almost twenty years. They have suffered human rights violations, including detention and loss of citizenship. (FYI – that paragraph came right out of my church bulletin, I am not that savvy on the situation over there, LOL)
Our church’s refugee ministry helped with relocating these six families, helped them with English classes and other classes to add job skills. They do repay their airfare and participate in our churches other ministries (food pantry, youth programs, etc).
Seriously – I killed 6 Kleenex.