International Rescue Committee (IRC)

New freedoms and customs -- and connections to home

Freelance photographer and IRC volunteer Misha Cohen has been telling the story of the Bhutanese Timsina family’s first months in the U.S. in pictures. Follow the odyssey of Chet Nath, his wife, Uma, and their five-year-old son, Kushal, as they begin their new life in New York City, following 17 years living in exile in Nepal. For a recap, catch Misha’s blog in the Huffington Post.

Since their arrival in the US, the Timsina family is able to enjoy freedoms that were stripped from them in Bhutan. They have also adapted to different customs, while retaining traditions from home.

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I'm a Bhutanese Refugee

I'm a Bhutanese Refugee Immigrant from Atlanta, Georgia. The story about Timsina family doesn't represent the real Bhutanese stories.In timsina's case,both of them speak good English and were aware of many changes in this new country.My point is major percentage of Bhutanese refugees coming to America are illiterate.They even don't speak limited English.It would be better if you had tried to put in to pictures the stories of those refugees who are Illiterate and are finding hard time adjusting in this new society.I don't support the Timsina's story as refugee's generalize story in this new society and new land.