In the 1990’s, ethnic Nepalese were forced from their homes in Bhutan where they had been living for generations under the “One Nation, One People” policy, which did not include them. They fled to Nepal where they were not welcome and settled in refugee camps in the east of the country
After over 20 years, they are being resettled abroad, a fact that is dividing family and community. Older generations, many of whom have no formal education or exposure to Western culture, are preparing to start new lives in the U.S. or Canada. A mix of anxiety, hope, and fear pervades Timai Camp in Jhapa, Nepal.
Timai refugee camp in eastern Nepal is home to over 10,000 ethnic Nepalese who have been forcefully displaced from their homes in Bhutan in the 1990s. After nearly 20 years of unwanted by both countries, they are being resettled in places like USA and Canada, dividing families and creating controversy.