Photo Essay : - Tibetans in Exile, India 2007-08
Tibetans in Exile, Suspended Identity
Since the fourteenth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso was forced to flee the spectre of the Chinese army in 1959, more than 150,000 Tibetans, women, children and the old have crossed the Himalayas in peril of their lives.
These Tibetans refugees have been deprived of their dear ones, their houses, their land for the last 60 years or so by the Chinese authorities. However, the one thing they could not deprive them of is their identity, which they safeguard as the most precious through their traditions, their culture and their religion.
Every year it continues, more than 3000 Tibetans cross over the Himalayas illegally. On the other side of the frontier, the Chinese quietly and insidiously keep the pressure up in the region of Tibet. The genocide of the Tibetans operates quietly, largely ignored by the international community.