Hearts now here as Himalayans make Hobart their home

Khadga's home in Bhutan.
Khadga’s home in Bhutan

A SNOW-CAPPED Mt Wellington used to bring mixed feelings for Khadga Thapa.

A reminder of the Himalayan homeland he was forced to leave as a nine-year-old, it was also a symbol of his freedom.

The mountain, visible from the Glenorchy home he has bought with his wife, Naina, could now represent Mr Thapa himself – the rock four generations of his family have relied upon.

For 20 years, they had no country to call home.

Tomorrow, 16 members of Mr Thapa’s extended family – ranging in age from nine months to 86 years – will ­become citizens.

The Thapas are Bhutanese Nepali, a minority ethnically cleansed from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

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