In a stern reminder of more than half a century of oppression, thousands of robe clad Tibetans gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal this past December 10. On the 66th anniversary of International Human Rights Day, the collected mass rallied to bring awareness of the continued struggle of the Tibetan people; a legacy of cultural and religious suppression lasting 55 years.
As 3 Generations strives to bring the stories of victims and vulnerable populations to light, the voices of the Tibetan people provide invaluable first-hand accounts into the struggles of a subjugated people. The recollections of Nagwang Sandrol, a past interviewee, provide sobering accounts of the continued religious suppression. Her experiences in a monastery, destroyed by Chinese oppressors, are, sadly, shared experiences among the over 20,000 displaced Tibetans. Her feelings of anger and injustice are shared by people around the world.
In 2015, we continue our effort of shedding light on the turmoil that has become a daily occurrence in the lives of the Tibetan people. Look forward to new stories, such as those of Tibet Fund president, Rinchen Dharlo, in the coming year. As an organization striving to amplify the voices of victims worldwide, 3 Generations looks to our supporters to help incite a national dialogue. We need to bring the world to a realization that 55 years of oppression is 55 too many.
Documenting survival stories on Tibetan refugees is one of 3 Generations’ biggest priorities. This summer we were fortunate enough to interview Rinchen Dharlo, a pre-eminent Tibetan refugee, statesman and current president of the Tibet Fund. We at 3 Generations are all grateful he has shared his story with us.
Rinchen Dharlo is the former representative of the Dalai Lama to the Americas and is currently living in New York City. Mr. Dharlo was born in Western Tibet near Nepal, the oldest of five children. In 1959, he and his family fled oppression from occupying China. While migrating around Nepal, they lived in tents or under trees, having to endure very harsh conditions while also stricken with disease. His mother and younger brother died tragically during this time.
Rinchen eventually managed to enroll at a school in India which the Indian government setup for Tibetan children. Unfortunately, he had to leave his family behind, but still tried to keep in contact with them as they moved from place to place despite not always knowing where they were. As president of the Tibet Fund, Mr. Dharlo now helps other Tibetan refugees retain their cultural practices and teach others about Tibetan culture and tradition.
Mr. Dharlo's moving story will soon be publicly available through our archives at www.3generations.org. Thank you, Rinchen, for sharing your incredible story with us. For more stories like this one, please consider donating to our project today. Every little bit helps when it comes filming, editing and sharing these stories!
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Our Tibetan voices project continues this summer with planned interviews with two Tibetans, including Thupten Jinpa Langri, the principle English translator and interpreter for His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the past 29 years. Jinpa-la recently appeared in Tricycle Magazine, discussing the relationship of Tibetan Buddhism with the West.
A religious scholar with qualifications from both the East and West, Jinpa-la has a lot of knowledge to impart, which is why 3 Generations will be interviewing him about his vison for a world without atrocity. Inspired by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we are recording the voices of visionaries like Jinpa-la because if we cannot imagine a better world, we cannot create one.
Thanks for your support as we continue to ampify the voices of Tibetans and work toward a world without atrocity.
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