1. BHUTANESE CULTURAL PROFILE - Please look this paper over! This is an excellent cultural profile summary of the Nepali-speaking Bhutanese (Lhotsampa).
2. BHUTANESE REFUGEE HISTORY - Below is an interactive link to a well written and photographed brief history of the resettling of Bhutanese refugees.
· Chapter 1 – Fleeing Conflict
· Chapter 2 - Stay or Go
· Chapter 3 - Departure Time
· Chapter 4 - Prep Outside Camps
· Chapter 5 – A Bright Future
3. BHUTANESE SUICIDE - An Investigation into Bhutanese suicides among Bhutanese Refugees living in the U.S. – this is a four year study put out by the CDC
4. BHUTANESE WOMEN & ABUSE- Nepal/Bhutan: Refugee Women Face Abuses
5. BHUTANESE WOMEN & INEQUALITY - View and download this 77 page report entitled Bhutan/Nepal - Trapped by Inequality: Bhutanese Refugee Women in Nepal on website below – report exposes the uneven response of the UNHCR and Nepalese government to rape, domestic violence, sexual and physical assault, and trafficking of girls and women from refugee camps. Several testimonies are from Bhutanese refugee women sexually abused in Bhutan and then traumatized further in the refugee camps of Nepal.
6. OTHER EXCELLENT RESOURCES - Other resources cited in the ethno MED website (#1 above). See links below:
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This video is the story of Khem Rizal and his family, Bhutanese refugees who after living in a UN camp in SE Nepal for 18 years, were recently resettled in Seattle's Rainier Valley. In this short piece, originally produced for the The Seattle Channel's program City Stream , the producer visited the bamboo hut where the Rizal's used to live, documenting the journey Bhutanese refugees make as they begin new lives here in the Pacific Northwest.
Bhutanese Refugees: The Story of a Forgotten People
This website is a collaboration between PhotoVoice and the Bhutanese Refugee Support Group, two organizations which have worked closely with the Bhutanese refugees. Includes photos taken by children in the refugee camps.
Cultural Orientaton Center Resource Center has multiple resources including the history and environment in exile, resettlement background and information, characteristics of the population, and a 22- minute video of interviews with refugees from Bhutan talking about their refugee background.
Bhutanese Refugee Families
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) and the Office of Head Start’s National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR) have partnered to create this cultural backgrounder focused on early childhood. The resource provides general cultural information, while recognizing that every family is unique and that cultural practices will vary by household and by generation.
The other face of Bhutan: a report on the latest refugee arrivals in the U.S.
This Twin Cities Daily Planet article features statistics about the refugee population and excerpts from a talk given by refugee community leader Mangala Sharma to members of the Minnesota refugee consortium, April 10, 2008.
Malnutrition and Micronutrient deficiencies Among Bhutanese Refugee Children, Nepal 2007
CDC Report on acute and chronic malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies found in Bhutanese children in refugee camps in Nepal.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TB Notes Newsletter No. 4, 2008
Cultural Competency Update: Resources on Ethnic Nepalese Refugees from Bhutan
Includes background information, health and TB resources, and some patient education materials in Nepali.
CDC Bhutanese Refugee Health Profile provides key health and cultural information regarding Bhutanese refugees resettling in the United States, including priority health conditions; background; population movements; healthcare and diet in camps; medical screening of US-bound refugees; and disease burden for specific diseases.
Country Report on Torture in Bhutan
This report from the Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services provides some historical timelines, brief description of common methods of torture, and synopses of current conditions and pertinent issues.