Since February 27th 2009, there has been a massive increase in the numbers of Tibetans who have self immolated in order to get their voices heard across the world. So far there have been 38 reported incidents and this is still ongoing.
The sad thing about this situation however, is that apart from the fact that people are losing their lives, more often than not, here in the West we never even hear about it why? because the Chinese government are rich and can dominate what does and does not get aired on TV. Also so many countries across the world do business with China and so to risk the possibility of losing money, its often better to pretend it didn't happen.
Think about it! How much media coverage have you seen about the 35 lost lives?
Since 1949 and the invasion of Tibet by the People's Liberation Army of China, there has been a massive number of Tibetans being tortured, murdered and raped simply because they refuse to denounce Buddhism and take on Communism. Monasteries are currently under siege by Chinese armies and anything relating to His Holiness the Dalai Lama is banned.
Although this Communist reign of terror began in the 1950's what we are seeing here relates to the 21st Century and something needs to be done about it.
This is a time for people to stop and think about what is more important in life and to really take action to save lives. Ways in which you can do this is to write to your governments asking why there has not been a more major investigation into the Human Rights abuses in China, You can try not to buy Chinese products where possible but most importantly research this situation and raise awareness.
- 38 Tibetans have been confirmed to have self-immolated since February 27, 2009
- 32 men, six women
- 29 of the 38 are known to have died following their protest
- 25 of the 38 are from Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province
- One is from Chamdo prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region
- Five are from Tibetan Autonomous areas in Qinghai province
- Seven of the 38 were monks at Kirti monastery in Ngaba
- Nine of the 38 are former monks at Kirti monastery in Ngaba (It is currently not known who of the nine chose to disrobe, or were expelled from the monastery by government authorities)
- Two of the 38 were nuns from Mame Dechen Chokorling nunnery in Ngaba
- 36 of the self-immolations have occurred since March 16, 2011