Refugees en Pittsburgh Celebrates World Refugee Day <p>Bishnu Timsina and&nbsp;Puspa Nepal are from Bhutan, but they spent much of their lives in refugee camps in Nepal.</p><p>This is because the Bhutanese government found those with Nepali origin a threat to political order and decided to act on that “risk” in the late 1980s.</p><p>“(The) government started putting them into jail, raping the young girls and women, beating family members,” Bishnu said. “And they were also asked to sign volunteer migration forms by the government of Bhutan and they were told that you have to leave the country.”</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:03:29 +0000 Jessica Nath 31297 at Pittsburgh Celebrates World Refugee Day How Treating Trauma in Refugees Has Evolved <p></p><p></p><p>Dr. Richard Mollica, the director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma at Massachusetts General Hospital, has spent the last three decades working with refugees. This week, he was in Pittsburgh for a conference and sat down to speak about refugees and trauma with 90.5 WESA’s Erika Beras. This is part of the interview.</p><p>On how the work he has done has changed since the early '80s:</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Erika Beras 25815 at For These Refugee Students, Learning Life Skills Is Part of the Curriculum <p></p><p></p><p>On Monday afternoon, a chartered bus wound its way through the steep, narrow roads of the South Hills on its way to Baldwin High School.</p><p>On board were employees of&nbsp;HIAS, an agency that works with the State Department in bringing refugees to the United States. HIAS works with Jewish Family and Children’s Services, one of four resettlement agencies in the Pittsburgh area.</p><p>Pittsburgh has become a hub for refugees. This week HIAS is holding its national conference here, and among the activities are visits to where refugees live, work — and go to school.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:10:55 +0000 Erika Beras 25681 at Six Things To Know About Refugees and Health Care in Pittsburgh <p>In 2012, more that 58,000 refugees were resettled in the United States. A couple thousand of them came to Pennsylvania. Many of these refugees come to the United States fleeing war and genocide. Many arrive healthy but develop chronic illnesses as they adopt American habits. Others feel isolated and alone – suffering that can turn toxic over time.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:54:17 +0000 Marina Weis 23694 at Six Things To Know About Refugees and Health Care in Pittsburgh Bhutanese Refugees Face a High Suicide Rate <p>At a conference held in Pittsburgh last fall, several dozen men from around the United States discussed a disturbing trend in their community: the high suicide rate and prevalence of depression among Bhutanese-Nepali refugees.</p><p>"People are looking for resources where they can go to curb this mental health issue," said&nbsp;Buddha Mani Dhakal, editor of the Bhutan News Service.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Erika Beras 23133 at Living in the Shadows: Pittsburgh Refugees & Mental Health <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Refugees to the region face a number of challenges, unfamiliarity with a different language is even more complicated when trying to obtain health care. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">90.5 </span>WESA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Behavioral Health Reporter Erika </span>Beras<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is embarking on a month-long series on </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">the challenges</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="">refugees face in the Pittsburgh area</a> to obtain health care. She says her interest in the topic was sparked by the high population of refugees in Pittsburgh.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:17:23 +0000 Katie Blackley 22407 at Living in the Shadows: Pittsburgh Refugees & Mental Health For Refugees From War-Torn Nations, Mental Health Care Is Often Missing <p>On a Sunday morning last December, nearly a hundred people gathered in a West End church to dedicate their prayers to Claudine Mukankindi, a young woman who came to the United States as a Congolese refugee.</p><p>In December 2012, a year earlier, she died of a heart attack at age 36.</p><p>In a pew near the front was Adeline <span>Kihonia</span>. Dancing and chanting in worship, she had tears in her eyes.</p><p>"She was like a part of my family," Kihonia said. "When she passed away, it was like I lost a sister, a good sister."</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Erika Beras 21724 at For Refugees From War-Torn Nations, Mental Health Care Is Often Missing