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Bhutanese refugees work to keep their culture alive

CLEVELAND (AP) - A community of Bhutanese refugees in northeastern Ohio is working to preserve its members' heritage for future generations.

The refugees come from Bhutan, a small kingdom in the eastern Himalayas. The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports more than 100,000 Bhutanese people were forced out of that country by their government in the 1990s.

The Bhutanese refugees have since settled in various countries, including the United States.

The U.S. Department of State says more than 8,000 have resettled in Ohio since 2010. Some of them have recently formed the Bhutanese Community of Greater Cleveland organization.

The organization's president is Til Mishra, who spent 23 years in a refugee camp in Nepal before coming to Cleveland.

Mishra says the organization was formed to help preserve Bhutanese language and culture, among other goals.

Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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