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14 Year old Lhaki’s hope of a full vision is dashed after her referral is deniedBy Thinley wangmo | 03 January 2013 Lhaki Dema loved to dance and she never missed any dance competition. Four years back when her right eye became blind she stopped dancing. Her father Sonam Tshering said “for her dance competition I had to buy her a new dress and shoes annually.” But her interest in dance got lost and she avoids being with her friends and prefers to stay in her room, all alone. When Lhaki was 11 years old her right eye got infected. It started turning red, watery and got irritated. “I can’t even face sunshine and I get giddiness too,” said Lhaki. As soon as her eye got infected she was taken to Paro hospital and was admitted for two weeks. After that she was referred to Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH), Thimphu. “Even after staying for around two months, doctors in JDWNRH could not cure my daughter’s eye,” said Sonam Tshering. On asking about the eye specialist w…
Home Ministry to help Sonam Tshering and family with Citizenship Identity CardBy Thinley Wangmo | 28 December 2012 Following a story in The Bhutanese  this week, Sonam Tshering, and his three sons who were stateless for more than two decades will soon get their Citizenship Identity Cards (CID). At the moment the Home Minister, Lyonpo Minjur Dorji said that the ministry is looking into the matter. “If they are genuine Bhutanese then we are very supportive in this case. We are there to help them to get the Bhutanese Citizenship,” said the minister. Immediately after this paper reported the matter the minister talked with his officials on how Sonam Tshering and his family remained without citizenship. The home minister said that anyone who had problem with their citizenship comes to him or else to the concerned office. He said Sonam Tshering had never approached him on this matter though he was there with the ministry for more than four years. The Ministry is presently verifying the matt…
Bureaucratic bungling leaves a family without Citizenship

By Thinley Wangmo | 26 December 2012
Sonam Tshering and wife Phub Zam In a process where even blame got lost, a man and his family remain without a country even though they spent half a lifetime in the very country they live in Such a thing is citizenship, people may spend a life time in a country but they will be proven an alien on the very land they walked since birth. And all this is because of the invisibility of a piece of document called the Citizenship Identity Card (CID). And in a very real instance, Sonam Tshering, 59 born in Bji gewog under Haa dzongkhag lived an almost full circle of his life in Bhutan. But legally speaking, for more than two decades he and his three sons are stateless.
Lost CID Till the 1980s Sonam Tshering had a CID during which he and his late wife shifted and settled in Paro. Those days his census was with his wife’s family and his cousin Tenzin Yeshi used to look after it. His brother-in-law used …