South Carolina: Amadeo Geere

State: South Carolina

City of Residence: West Columbia, South Carolina

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2008

Mr. Amadeo Geere was only two years old when his family was forced to flee Bhutan like the thousands of other Lhotshampas who became victim to the “One Nation One Ethnic” Policy implemented by the Royal Government of Bhutan. He would spend the next 19 years of his life in a refugee camp in Nepal before being resettled to the United States. He now lives with his family in West …

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Ohio: Hari Niroula

Ohio: Hari Niroula

State: Ohio

City of Residence: Blacklick, Ohio

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2008

Mr. Hari Niroula is a refugee from Bhutan who came to the United States in 2008. He currently lives in Blacklick, Ohio with his wife and daughter, where he works as a language interpreter and community advocate. Mr. Niroula has worked with several community organizations, assisting refugees as they take their issues to the state legislature and state refugee coordinator. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Science, and he is most proud …

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Utah: Ghana Dulal

Utah: Ghana Dulal

State: Utah

City of Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2008

Mr. Gyanu Dulal was a 20-year-old college student when he was forced to flee Bhutan in 1991. He spent the next 18 years living and working as a teacher in a refugee camp in Nepal. In 2008, Mr. Dulal was resettled to Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and two children. He now works as a Community Resource Specialist at the Department of Workforce Services, Refugee Services Office. He is …

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Vermont: Puspa Luitel

Vermont: Puspa Luitel

State: Vermont

City of Residence: Charlotte, Vermont

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2008

Mr. Puspa Luitel is a refugee from Bhutan who was resettled in the United States in 2008. He currently resides in Charlotte, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Mr. Luitel recently graduated from Vermont Law School, and he has used his experience to volunteer with several community organizations, including Vermont Legal Aid, Vermont Asylum Advocates, the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, and his local school district and community center. He was recently appointed to …

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North Carolina: Kamal Dhimal

North Carolina: Kamal Dhimal

State: North Carolina

City of Residence: Charlotte, North Carolina

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2010

Mr. Kamal Dhimal is a Bhutanese refugee who was forced to flee persecution in Bhutan at the age of six after his father was imprisoned and killed. He and his family lived in a refugee camp in Nepal for twenty years before being resettled in the United States in 2010. Mr. Dhimal now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he works as a business owner. He has established the Bhutanese Community …

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New Hampshire: Tika Acharya

New Hampshire: Tika Acharya

State: New Hampshire

City of Residence: Manchester, New Hampshire

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2009

Mr. Tika Acharya and his family fled Bhutan in 1992, after seeking freedom from the oppressive regime in Bhutan. They lived as refugees in Nepal for 17 years before, he and his wife, parents, and grandmother were resettled to New Hampshire in 2009. He now lives in Manchester, New Hampshire with his wife and two sons, where he works as a small business owner. In 2010, he helped to found a …

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Illinois: Tek Darnal

Illinois: Tek Darnal

State: Illinois

City of Residence: Evanston, Illinois

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2008

Mr. Tek Darnal and his family fled Bhutan in 1992 to escape persecution, and were resettled to the United States in 2008. Now he owns his own home and business in Evanston, Illinois, where he resides with his wife and two sons. Mr. Darnal is quite active in his community helping other refugees as both a resettlement aid for Catholic Charities, and as an active member of Bhutanese Community Association of Illinois (BCAI). …

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Oregon: Som Nath Subedi

State: Oregon

City of Residence: Portland, Oregon

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2008

Mr. Som Nath Subedi was one of around 100,000 victims of Bhutan’s “One Nation, One People” policy, which expelled his family from their homeland. He lived in a Nepalese refugee camp for almost two decades before being resettled to Portland, Oregon in 2008 under the US Refugee Resettlement Program. Since his arrival in the US, Mr. Subedi has worked as a refugee case manager, aiding as they become self-sufficient and integrate into Portland’s …

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Nebraska: Karna Gurung

Nebraska: Karna Gurung

State: Nebraska

City of Residence: Omaha, Nebraska

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2009

Mr. Karna Gurung is a refugee from Bhutan who was resettled to the United States in 2009. His family fled Bhutan after the government seized their home and farmland, and tortured his father. He spent nearly 20 years living in a refugee camp where unfortunately his sister and parents still live. Mr. Gurung currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska where he works as Chief-Financial Officer at United Family Home Health Care. He continues to …

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Missouri: Jagat Acharya

Missouri: Jagat Acharya

State: Missouri

City of Residence: St. Louis, Missouri

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2010

Mr. Jagat Acharya is a recently-resettled refugee who was forced to flee Bhutan when his family was targeted by the Bhutanese police. Mr. Acharya came to the United States in 2010 and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is a program coordinator at Bilingual International Assistant Services. Mr. Acharya earned a Master’s Degree in social work from Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis. He …

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