7 more in collection Tibetan Refugees , 3 more in collection RUNNING FROM REPRESSION - Editor's Picks 23 Jan 2013

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Created by Katie Lin

20 Aug 2012


With his monastery suffering a deficit of monastic scholars, 30-year-old Tenzin* knew that the only way to pursue his religious education further was to leave Tibet. So, for a year, he planned his exit and took official leave from the monastery when the time came in December 2011, in order not to raise any red flags among regulating bodies. But when he was asked to take his two nieces, aged 7 and 9, with him on the 12-day walk from their village in Tibet to Kathmandu, the journey became significantly more challenging. It was further complicated when the girls’ identity cards were lost along the way, an unfortunate incident which resulted in an eight month delay in Kathmandu while they waited for replacement documents. Now in India, the girls will be enrolled in Tibetan schools in the north and their uncle will live in a monastery nearby to be close to them.

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