At 3 Generations we are hard at work putting your donations to use.
3G has posted it's first Tibetan survivor story on our website. 3G's work with the Tibet Fund led us to Ngawang Sangdrol, a Tibetan nun who was first arrested at age 13 by the government of the People's Republic of China for peacefully demonstrating against the Chinese occupation of Tibet. At age 15 she was rearrested for staging a peaceful pro-independence demonstration in Lhasa. Her sentence was repeatedly extended as she continued to protest in prison. She was released from prison in October 2002 and currently resides in New York.
In further news 3G has posted a GlobalGiving project to allow us to specifically focus on telling the stories of Tibetans. Over one-fifth of Tibet's population has died since the Chinese invasion, while many languish in prisons and labor camps. More than 6000 monasteries, temples and other cultural and historic buildings have been destroyed and pillaged. Today, Tibetans continue to live a life of repression under Chinese rule; with no freedom of religious practice or cultural expression they are subject to mass arrests, enforced disappearances, torture and imprisonment in order to enforce Chinese rule. Our project, The Truth About Tibet: Hear Their Stories, gives Tibetans opportunities to tell the world their personal experiences under Chinese rule, building awareness and working towards the end of the current atrocities in Tibet. Your support of this project allows 3G to reach out to Tibetan survivors such as Penpa, another extraordinary interview that 3G is currently preparing for publication.
In the past few months 3G has also posted two new interviews with Cambodian survivors on our website. Our interviews with Sokhom and Monica Chum are 3G's first collaboration with Khmer Legacies and are a part of an ongoing series of interviews of survivors from Cambodia. Through our work with the Applied Social Research Institute of Cambodia (ASRIC) 3G has also reached out to Cambodian survivors in the Philadelphia area. We currently have interviews with three of these survivors in our editing rooms. Their stories are both impressive and compelling and we look forward to sharing them with you.
Corruption is pervasive in Cambodia and recent years have seen dramatic setbacks in press freedom, misuse of the judiciary to silence government critics, and imposition of strict new restrictions on peaceful protests. While Cambodia and the UN have set up a tribunal to try the surviving leaders of the genocide years, it has faced serious allegations of corruption and government interference. 3G's work in telling the stories of Cambodian survivors without agenda is more necessary than ever.
We are on our way to meet our fundraising goal for this project. Please continue to tell your friends about our work and share with them the link to our GlobalGiving page. Our project has already been added as a favorite in one subscriber's gift registry and we encourage you to do the same!