Mangali (Portland, OR)

“I fled Bhutan because our freedom was stolen from us – we couldn’t practice our religion, lost our jobs and were told what to wear, read and speak or else we’d be arrested. One night, the leaders of our village gathered all the women and girls and told us we must leave our homes and live with the army to work as servants. I opposed the leaders and told them, ‘Make your wives and daughters go first, then we’ll follow. Until then, I’m not going anywhere!’ That night, 7 other women and I stuffed clothes under our sheets so the soldiers on patrol thought we were sleeping. We then gathered all we could carry and escaped into the forest.” 

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