One of the “issues” in this world that is close to my heart is the plight of the people of Tibet. Those within Tibet are suffering racial and cultural genocide. The Chinese government, these hosts of the 2008 International Olympics, is exterminating Tibet and Tibetans as we watch.
I’m not sure when this incident took place but I believe it was within the last 2 weeks. One report said it happened on September 30th but I only saw it at http://www.mounteverest.net/ yesterday.
A group of 70 to 80 Tibetan refugees were trying to flee to Nepal, crossing at a border point between China and Nepal called Nangpa La. Chinese soldiers took aim and shot at the refugees, killing at least one young nun. Many of the group were young children. You can find some accounts from mountaineers – who didn’t do much to help but at least documented what happened – at the site above. Here are some links to news articles:
How can we allow a people to be made helpless, voiceless, in their own land? While Israel lobs bombs for sketchy reasons at other countries and postures with its many weapons, the Tibetans are a peaceful nation without an army, without a defence. And while it seems that no one is allowed to be critical of the Israeli right to defend itself, we turn away from the plight of Tibet and instead embrace trade and good relations with the Chinese government. Don’t Tibetans have a right to defend themselves too? Do we just not care because their land isn’t a hotbed of contention for Western interests? What is wrong with our planet?
The kind of torture, the physical, emotional and psychological pain Tibetans have been through is not enough to open our mouths. Western mountaineers watch them being shot “like dogs” and “like rabbits” but this is not enough to spur them to some action. Why?
I don’t know. I really do not know at all. But if you are interested in finding out more or helping in any way here are two good organizations:
For anyone in Toronto: The CTC has sent out a message saying that they will be organizing a protest in front of the Chinese Consulate (240 St. George St. Toronto) on Monday, October 16 from 5.00 to 7.00pm. I’m sure they will welcome your support.
Chinese soldiers marched away with a line of young children. Please say a prayer for them, light a candle for them tonight, and hope they will be safe.
Yours in peace, and always in love,