UNHCR seeks profile of Bhutanese refugees

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, May 16:

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has made a proposal to the government to prepare a profile of the Bhutanese refugees languishing in eastern Nepal to identify the most vulnerable ones and assist them accordingly.

“We are waiting for the government’s response to our proposal regarding the preparation of a profile of the refugees,” said Abraham Abraham, UNHCR Representative for Nepal, at the Reporters’ Club today. All refugees are receiving the same kind of assistance and on the same level, but UNHCR has plans of specific and targeted assistance to the needy ones.

“Handicapped, children and senior citizens need specific and targeted assistance,” Abraham said.

Regarding the closure of the Tibetan Refugee Welfare Organisation, he said UNHCR will try to support the Tibetan refugees through a new organisation to be registered here.