Bhutanese Refugees face a ticking clock of self-sufficiency
laden with many hurdles and challenges along the way
Story by Tom Crain
Durga, Nirmala, Bishnu, and Kailash Ghimirey
Durga Ghimirey is one of 120,000 Bhutanese refugees being relocated around the world. He is a member of the Lhotshampas, the unlucky ethnic group in Bhutan who fell victim to ethnic cleansing.
As a teen, he fled to India, then was trucked to Goldhap, one of seven refugee camps in Nepal. Here, he spent nearly two decades highlighted by his marriage to wife Bishnu and raising two children, daughter Nirmala and son Kailash. He and his family lived in a cramped bamboo hut without running water or electricity. He received rice rations once a month having to make them last, earning extra money to pay for supplemental food or having his family go hungry. He and his family experienced several bouts of life threatening starvation and illnesses, and witnessed other camp residents dying all around them.
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Tagged Akron Ohio, bhutan, Bhutanese, ethnic group, India, Kent State University, Lhotshampas, Nepal, refugee camps, Refugees, Terry Kuhn, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
By: Theresa Attalla
For the past 30 years, the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation (EANDC) has been bringing revitalization home to Summit County.
On Sept. 25th, EANDC broke ground on Robinson Homes East, a 27 single-family-home development. This will be central to the East Akron Neighborhood Revitalization Plan that will include housing rehabilitation efforts and vacant lot reuse.
“Since 1982, EANDC has worked successfully to strengthen the Akron-area by rebuilding neighborhoods, protecting property values and allowing residents to achieve the American dream,” said EANDC Executive Director, Grady Appleton.
“The Robinson Homes East is our latest effort to strengthen this community by adding new, high quality housing options.”