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Bhutan refugee at Hancock library Thursday

A former refugee from Bhutan will make a presentation titled “From Bhutan to New Hampshire: The Journey of Bhagirath Khatiwada,” on Thursday at the Hancock Town Library at 7 p.m.

Bhutan is a small Himalayan kingdom situated between the two big Asian giants, India and China. It is known to the world as one of the most exotic tourist destinations in the world. The model for the mythical Shangri-La, Bhutan is a country of heart-stopping beauty. It declares itself to be the country with the highest Gross National Happiness. Yet tiny Bhutan has generated the largest number of refugees in the world in proportion to its total area and population. More than 100,000 citizens were forced to leave Bhutan between 1990 and 1995. So far about 65,000 Bhutanese have been resettled in the U.S. with approximately 1,800 of them in New Hampshire.

A Bhagirath Khatiwada came to the United States in August of 2008. He is Board Chair of the Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire (BCNH) and works as a Caseworker at Lutheran Social Services of New England. Khatiwada has authored a series of social studies text books for grades six and seven through Asia Publication in 2008 in Nepal and is one of the Contributing Editors of the Bhutan News Service. He completed his Master’s degree in Rural Development from Tribhuvan University in 2005.

Currently, he is pursuing his Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of New Hampshire.

This program is free and open to all. For more information call the library at 525-4411.

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