After fleeing the South Asian country of Bhutan, Tila Baskota and her family lived in a Nepalese refugee camp for almost two decades. It’s been about three years since she left, but the memories of life at the camp will always follow her.
“It was very difficult there,” Baskota, 40, says. “We didn’t have enough food to eat or good shelter.” Access to a solid education wasn’t possible, and Baskota endured poor sanitation and hygiene conditions.
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