Bhutan's Radicalized Refugees
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In this March 2009 WPR series, Don Duncan reports on an unexpected insurgency taking shape in Nepal. In March 2008, Bhutan made the transition from a century of absolute monarchy to become the world's newest democracy. Now, as the trappings of autocracy fall away, the small Himalayan kingdom is forced to deal with the expulsion in 1991 of more than 100,000 of its ethnic Nepalese minority, who remain scattered across eastern Nepal in refugee camps. An insurgency has begun to emerge from the increasingly radicalized camps.
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