When I was 8 years old and my brother 11, we used to go to the riverbank every day after school to collect stones and break them so that we could afford the pens and pencils we needed for school.

I was born in Bhutan in 1986. But when I was 5, my family had to flee the country because of the One Nation policy, which forced people who spoke the Nepali language and followed the Nepali culture to leave the country and go to a refugee camp in Nepal.

Thinking about my childhood really makes me emotional. Every part of life was full of starvation and hunger. Our family was given 4.3 kilograms of rice per person to last 15 days. I suffered from malnutrition and a lot of children died.

My dad was… More