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oral histories at Oakland International High School

Last Spring, I co-taught a three week class on community storytelling to 27 OIHS students. Thanks to Voice of Witness for posting excerpts from our students' oral history interviews on their website. Here is one of them: 

Narrator: Juddha R.
Conducted by Ganja R.

“In 1990, Nepali people protested against laws ruled by King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.  King didn’t like the protest, and he used police force to treat us badly.  They burned our houses, put many people in jail, beat people without reason.  After that, we were forced to leave Bhutan and move from there to save our lives and family.

In my life, I had one moment which I usually remember.  When my mom died, my youngest sister was only 8 months and she wanted milk and food.  I used to go work in the fields, so I used to take her with me and keep her beside [me in the] the field . . . I didn’t have enough milk for her to drink, so I used to give her sugar water instead of milk.  When she grew up, she used to ask me, “Where is our mom?” and I used to say, “She went to the market,” and she used to wait for her.  When I think about it I get tears in my eyes.”

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