Refugees

Levin will be one of a number of regional centres to house refugees from next year. In a new series the Horowhenua Chronicle looks at what creates refugees and what happens to them on the journey to New Zealand. In this third part of the series, editor Janine Baalbergen meets Deven Rai, who was not aware he was becoming a refugee the night his family hastily packed a few bags and hopped across the border of Bhutan into India.

Deven Rai was about eight in 1990 when his father, who had a government job in Bhutan, came home one night