Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My Nephew Self-immolated for Tibet

In this touching and sad story, Tsering Kyi, a Tibetan refugee who escaped the Chinese in 1999 and fled over the Himalayas to India, and then to America, writes about the death of her nephew. He was the first Tibetan to self-immolate in 2013. He died protesting China's occupation of Tibet and demanding the return of the Dali Lama to Tibet. Kyi recounts her nephew's story and tries to come to grips with his death. At one point, she says, "Deep down, I too believe that the flames that rose from my nephew’s body will illuminate our struggle for freedom and bring a ray of hope to my suffering homeland." Read the story here at the Washington Post.

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