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2013 Participants

Tashi Chontso
Tashi Chontso

Tashi Chontso was born in Nepal but is ethnically Tibetan. She was born and raised in a Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal. She resettled in Denver eight months ago with her five brothers, two sisters and mother. She loves the mountains of Colorado. She’s happy to reconnect with friends from her camp in Nepal that now live in Colorado. Tashi considers photography a form of communication and believes photos can reveal truth.

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Anjana Adhikari
Anjana Adhikari

Anjana Adhikari was born and raised in a refugee camp in Nepal but is ethnically Bhutanese. On November 28, 2011 she resettled in Aurora, CO with her parents, sister and brother. Her first trip to the mountains was special for her because it reminded her of her home country. Photography for Anjana is no longer just pushing a button; she has enjoyed learning various techniques for capturing a moment

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Jamuna Dahal
Jamuna Dahal

Jamuna Dahal was born in Nepal in refugee camp, Beldangi I, sector E1, hut 6 on September 22, 1995. She resettled in the U.S. with her parents, brother and twin sister on May 24, 2012. She also has a sister that resettled in Texas and a brother that will soon to reconnect with her family in Aurora, CO. She was shocked by all of the streets and cars when she arrived in Colorado. She has enjoyed learning about others through photography.

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Maria Mu
Maria Mu

Maria Mu is from the Karen State in Burma, but she grew up in the Mae Ra Moe refugee camp in Thailand. On August 7, 2012 she resettled in Denver with her parents, aunt, grandmother and siblings. Her first impression of Denver was that the buildings were so tall, and that there were many different languages spoken and many cars. She imagined if a big windstorm came, all the buildings would fall over. She appreciates that photography can evoke strong emotions.

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Mi Meh
Mi Meh

Mi Meh is ethnically Karenni, a state in Burma, but was born in Mae Hong Son refugee camp where she lived for thirteen years before resettling in Denver on June 3, 2009. Mi Meh remembers being told that America was very clean and beautiful, so she was surprised to see so much trash when she came to live in Aurora, CO. She wants to share her newfound love of photography with others and hopes to one day become a photographer.

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Birendra Dhakal
Birendra Dhakal

Birendra Dhakal was born and raised in Goldhap refugee camp in Nepal. At the age of thirteen, he resettled in Denver with his parents and his only sister. Birendra remembers how welcoming everyone was when he was adapting to his new lifestyle in Denver. He went to South High School where he took his first photography class and is currently attending Metro State University. As a teaching assistant for Picture.Me.Here., he gained valuable teaching experience and saw the program as an excellent opp

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Eit Nge Soe
Eit Nge Soe

Eit Nge Soe was born in Burma. She lived in the Noe Poe refugee camp for one and a half years before coming to Denver with her parents, three brothers and one sister. She enjoys the kind people and the snow in Denver. She enjoys traveling around Colorado and seeing beautiful places. Eit Nge Soe considers light to be one of her favorite aspects of photography.

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Paw Hla
Paw Hla

Paw Hla was born in the Karen State of Burma. She grew up in the Mee La refugee camp in Thailand for thirteen years before resettling in Denver with her sister, brother and parents on August 22, 2007. When she first arrived in Denver all the strangers seemed scary. After a few weeks she realized everyone was really nice. She sees photography as an important tool that helps people learn about one another.

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Karma Dhondup
Karma Dhondup

Karma Dhondup lived in a Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal for twenty-nine years before resettling in Denver eight months ago with his family of nine. When he arrived in Denver, he was shocked to see snow for the first time. He knew he wanted to learn photography the first time he saw someone photographing in the refugee camp. He has enjoyed getting to know others through their photos and believes it’s important to take photos so you can show other generations what life was like.

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Pabitra Adhikari
Pabitra Adhikari

Pabitra Adhikari was born in Dagana Bhutan. She was only thirteen when she left Bhutan. After living in Goldhap refugee camp for six years, Pabitra got married to her husband and moved to Beldangi I refugee camp. On November 28, 2011, Pabitra resettled in Denver with her husband and three children. Her biggest challenge after she moved to the United States was speaking English. It was an overwhelming experience. She however, feels more comfortable speaking English now.

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Mon Maya
Mon Maya

Mon Maya was born in Bhutan, Chirang district of the Lamidara village. She was twenty-nine years old when she left Bhutan and went to live in sector D4, hut 42 of the Beldangi II refugee camp in Nepal. On May 29, 2012 she resettled in Aurora, CO with her husband and children. She recalls seeing snow for the first time in her new city. She likes preserving her memories through photography. Even though people won't be around forever, she will be able to look at pictures and feel them here.

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