VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
New freedoms and customs -- and connections to home
June 22, 2010 by Misha Cohen
|Pratiska finds a sticker that she places on her forehead as a vermillion Tikka, a red paste that Nepali women wear to symbolize that they are married. Photo: Misha Cohen/The IRC|
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.