In “Many refugees can’t flee mental ailments,” Bhutan is greatly maligned. Equating Bhutan’s story with the Cambodian genocide, as the article does, is like equating a Fourth of July firecracker with the atomic bomb. Tiny, Tibetan, Buddhist Bhutan, with a population of only 650,000, is struggling to survive between giants China and India and among a regional Nepali population of more than 40 million. It seems science has joined forces with those who are bringing about the demise of the entire Tibetan Buddhist civilization.
Kelzang Lhaden and Tashi Wangchuk
University of Maryland
College Park, Md.
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