Dumji is one of the largest festivals in Solokhumbu in Nepal. It is celebrated among Sherpa communities and involves dancing, drinking, and community gatherings. These photos are from Khumjung, where I was able to get involved in the celebrations with friends who were from there. Each year, one of the 13 families of the village play host, and this year, it was their turn.
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.