Along with the news that Bhutan’s just debuted its tenth newspaper comes this tidbit from the exile-run Bhutan News Service about a journalistic enterprise by young Nepalese-Bhutanese refugees:
A group of young students from various camp schools have started a monthly newspaper – The Refugee Herald (TRF) since January 14.
Published on mid of every month, the newspaper aims to “inform uneducated parents through their students,” according to its Editor Khem Prasad Dhakal, who is pursuing his higher secondary education.
“We printed 500 copies in our first edition. We have double the number this month following encouraging supports from schoolteachers and students,” said he.
We have never thought that our senior media persons, Manager of Bhutan Media Society Vidhyapati Mishra and Chief Executive of Media Network Bhutan Mona Rath Pokhrel, would accept our proposal to be in the editorial team, he added.
Mishra and Pokhrel are Chief Editor and Managing Editor for the paper respectively.
The paper aims to disseminate student-friendly contents keeping proper balance on issues related to Bhutan, camps and resettlement.
A British charity HWH has supported the publication for two months, according to Editor Dahal.
“We’ll sell our paper to students and teachers to meet our publication costs.”