Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Art exhibition of exiled Bhutanese children kicks off in Nepal's capital city


Kathmandu, October 29: Bhutanese Refugee Children Forum (BRCF) has begun three-day art exhibition at Nepal Art Council in the capital city of Nepal from October 29 targeted at giving a comprehensive overview of the situation prevailing in exiled Bhutanese camps.

Speaking on the inaugural session, UNHCR country representative in Nepal Abraham Abraham said that the voice of refugee children was unheard. He also stressed on the significance that the voice of the children should be always heard.

Abraham also termed that the BRCF was playing significant role in the career building and organizational development of exiled Bhutanese children.

The exhibition displays the most recent art, photography, writing, music and handicrafts of the BRCF.

On the inauguration session, 'Voices in Exile’, a small book of photographs and writing by the BRCF, published by PhotoVoice, which gives a unique insight into the camp situation has been released.

Meanwhile, the website i.e. has also been launched.

Photo Voice, in partnership with the LWF, has been BRCF, a participatory Arts program in the exiled Bhutanese camps, for the past four years. Involving the young population, the project focuses on photography, art and journalism with the aims of providing vocational training in these areas, encouraging and supporting the creativity of the participants and building confidence by empowering them to play a positive role in the lives of their family and community.

An estimated 37,000 of one hundred seven thousands exiled Bhutanese are children languishing under the UNHCR-sponsored camps in Nepal for the last 17 years.

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