Thursday, October 16, 2008
"Refugee children working for small pocket money"
Bhutanese girls and women refugees spin thread on wheels at the Refugee Camp in the Jhapa district of eastern Nepal on March 20, 2008. As the isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan prepares for historic elections, many of the 100,000 refugees languishing outside the country are appealing for a chance to return and take part in the country's general election on March 24. More over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees have been living in seven UNHCR - run refugees camps in Nepal's far eastern district of Sunsari and Jhapa since 1990, after they were forced to leave their home land in southern Bhutan. The Buddhist kingdom will conduct elections for a lower house on March 24, 2008, bringing an end to absolute rule by the immensely popular King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, who took over the kingdom from his father in 2006.