A group of ethnic Tibetans trying to flee Tibet were shot dead by Chinese troops on September 30, at a Himalayan pass near the border of China and Nepal (Tibet is an “autonomous region” of China, having been taken over by the PRC in the 1950s). Reports are emerging that Communist party officials have attempted to silence witnesses, including Western trekkers who were in the area when the killing occurred. Snip from The Independent:
Chinese diplomats in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu are tracking down and trying to silence hundreds of Western climbers and Sherpas who witnessed the killing of Tibetan refugees on the Nangpa La mountain pass last week. This ominous development comes as fears grow for the safety of a group of Tibetan children, aged between six and 10, who were marched away after at least two refugees including a nun, were shot dead.
I was born in Kathmandu, my middle name is Tsering which means “immortality” in Tibetan. My step-father is Tibetan and was part of a small group of resistance fighters, the Khampa Army, funded by the CIA to disrupt and harass the Chinese in and around Nepal and to gather information on Chinese troop movements from Tibetan refugees fleeing Tibet. Coincidentally the first undercover CIA agent killed in the line of Duty died trying to flee China as Mao’s army took control (here). That was a long time ago…
Tibet is the only society to demilitarize themselves and as Tibet gets wiped from the history books, as China continues its genocide of the Tibetan people and its culture, and as world leaders and terrorists drive us closer to a nuclear confrontation, can we afford to lose the level of compassionate spirituality the Tibetans embody?