KATHMANDU, June 15: The newly-appointed UNHCR Representative in Nepal Bushra Halepota presented her credentials to Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali on Friday. Bushra, who just arrived in Nepal to take up her new assignment as UNHCR Representative in Nepal, began her career with the UN in 1991. She later joined the UN refugee agency in 1994 and served in a number of countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United States of America, Armenia, Pakistan and Iraq.
Before coming to Nepal, she served as the UNHCR Representative in Somalia. "I am very happy to be here in this beautiful country, which has a long tradition of generously hosting refugees from various countries. I look forward to working in close coordination with the Government of Nepal and partners and count on their support to achieve sustainable solutions for refugees,” a press statement issued by UNHCR Nepal on Friday quoted Bushra as saying while assuming her office.
According to the statement, since late 2007, UNHCR has helped over 112,800 refugees from Bhutan resettle in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.