Monday, June 20, 2011

World Refugee Day 2011: Stories of Finding Refuge

"To all the survivors out there, I want them to know that we are stronger and more resilient than we ever knew. We survived, that should be enough but it isn't. We must work hard to become whole again, to fill our soul with love and inspiration, to live the life that was intended for us before it was disrupted by war and horrors, and help rebuild a world that is better than the one we had just left." 

- Loung Ung, Cambodian-American human rights activist, refugee advocate

Short Film Feature: 
In the 1990s, the Bhutanese government ordered more than 107,000 of their own minority citizens to leave their homes. In response, the United Nations founded the Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement Program in 2008, arranging permanent refugee resettlement in seven countries. 
The Koirala family began a new life in America in January 2011, ending their 20-year struggle to find a place to call their own. 
By Matthew Freire

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