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The Tibetan Genocide

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Sean Kim

on 15 March 2013

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The Victims In 1950 Tibet was invaded by the Chinese Communists. By 1959, 1.2 million Tibetans were killed because of uprisings. Over six thousand monasteries were destroyed by the Chinese. There were also about three thousand prisoners held in "Tibetan settlements" with less than okay conditions. In 1951, the Chinese annexed Tibet as part of China and had more Chinese move there to populate the country. It wasn't long before the Tibetans were minorities in their own country. The Chinese were trying to destroy their Buddhist way of life and language. The Tibetan Genocide The Resistors Tibetan up risers like Ngawang Sangdrol are examples of resistors in the Tibetan genocide. Ngawang Sangdrol and many other Tibetans peacefully protested for the rights for their religious freedom. Ngawang Sangdrol started protesting when she was at the age of thirteen after deciding to become a nun. She said that she had asked her father if protesting would help and his answer telling her that anything she did to help as long as she protested with all her strength and will then it would help impacted her to make a difference. She was arrested a couple times before being put in prison at the age of fifteen. She continued to protest in there until her release in 2002. By Sean Kim Some protesters set themselves on fire. Some protesters held up signs. But no matter how peaceful the protest, protesters received harsh beatings and imprisonment. Fences were put around the settlements and innocent Tibetans were often beaten or subject to forced labor. Get up, get involved If you want to know how to get involved in the stopping of this religious genocide in Tibet, visit www.freetibet.org. They have many pictures and articles that help you get involved and make a difference by simply "breaking the silence." Their cause is to give the Tibetans the religious freedom they deserve. They also try to raise awareness of the whole plight of the Tibetans and get more people involved in helping. They accept donations and sell gifts to raise money for the cause. You can also become a member with donations of five dollars a month. Free Tibet also wants you to break the silence and speak out for the victims of this genocide and make it more widely known so that more people will do something about it. Escape Some Tibetans were lucky enough to escape Tibet through Nepal and the Himalayas through many days of preparation, determination, and suffering. Many either got caught or died on this journey. The Himalayas Few made it out to tell their story like a man named Tenzin. With a friend, Tenzin set out to escape Tibet in 1994. Before he escaped he got help from a man in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. The man in Lhasa was rumored to help escapees and drew a map for him and his friend. They took a path through the Himalayas to reach Nepal where they stayed for a couple months until the Chinese were looking for them. Tenzin's foot was very swollen by frostbite by then and they ended up getting caught and deported back to China. After interrogation from Chinese police and many beatings, Tenzin was released and was told not to try to escape again. It wasn't until his parents told him it was too dangerous to stay that he left again. This time he traveled with four Chinese men that were trying to leave the country. By this time it was summer so he didn't have to worry about the snow in the mountains but after many days he made it to India where he made enough money to go to school and learn English. http://www.freetibet.org/ http://www.yowangdu.com/tibet-travel/tibetan-refugee-escape.html Bibliography "CHINA-TIBET"Cultural Genocide Underway""Asia News. Asia News, 27 Apr. 2012. Web. 05 Mar. 2013. <http://www.asianews.it/news-en/"Cultural-genocide-underway"-in-Tibet-24608.html>. "'China's Hidden ' Cultural Genocide'in Tibet; Crimes Against Humanity?.' The Tibet Post Internaional. Tibet Post International, 19 June 2012. Web. 5 Mar. 2013.<www.thetibetpost.com/en/outlook/reviews/2640-chinas-hidden-cultural-genocide-in-tibet-crimes-against-humanity>. "Ngawang Sangdrol | 3 Generations." 3 Generations, Hear Their Stories. 3 Generations, Hear Their Stories. 3 Generations, n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2013. <http://www.3generations.org/story/artidetype/articleview/articleid/28/ngawang-sangdrol.aspx>. Sonam, Tenzin. "Tibet Dossier:." Information About Tibet: front page. Dharmakara.net, 6 June 1996. Web. 1 Mar. 2013. <http://tibet.dharmakara.net/tibetdossier.html>. The Perpetrators The Chinese Communists invaded Tibet in 1950. Their intent was to completely wipe out the Tibetan way of life and language. Many tried to resist but with no luck. By 1959 more than 1.2 million Tibetans were killed trying to resist the Chinese. In 1951, China annexed Tibet and had many Chinese families move in to populate the area. It wasn't long before the Tibetans were a minority in their own country. Tibetans that showed any type of resistance were either beaten, killed, put in prison, or put in a settlement camp. The Chinese also destroyed over six-thousand monasteries. They made the Tibetan language Buddhism illegal. The Bystanders The Tibetan pop singers would sing beautiful Tibetan songs on Chinese and Tibetan television showing that Tibet was culturally thriving. Them singing those songs and acting happy implies that nothing wrong is going on in Tibet and sort of masks and sugar coats the whole genocide. They could speak out of the plight of the Tibetans considering they are on television but instead they just sing. Our World Leaders aren't even doing much for the sake of the Tibetans. There are no troops from any of the countries of the United Nations in Tibet trying to help them. None of these people have raised any public awareness of the plight of the Tibetans either. All of these world leaders who most definitely have the power to do something about this aren't.
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