Today I once again browsed around on the internet for new news about Tibet. What I found today was a site about the true story about Tibetan elders who live in exile and who remembers and talks about how life was before and when they were forced to flee their homeland following the Chinese invasion.
The history collection really is invaluable. It provides intimate portraits of the elders – the last generation to live in a free, unoccupied Tibet – and preserves for future generations their memories of their homeland. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has emphasized the urgency of conducting interviews of these elders before they pass away and their stories are lost forever.
One story I found was about a man called Norbu Dhondup and his story tells of some of the brutal and inhumane things happening at that time. A time we cannot let be buried amongst all those who died.
Please let’s not forget the survivors and Tibetan history.
In describing his early life, Norbu Dhondup states, “I was happy when I was a nomad. The hills were full of flowers and we didn’t have to feed the animals. We milked, churned the milk and made butter.”
His life was drastically altered when his father, a land owner, was arrested by the Chinese, who confiscated all the family’s possessions and property. After being falsely accused of supporting the Tibetan resistance fighters, his father was subjected to thamzin ‘struggle sessions.’ Norbu Dhondup was told to torture his own father but he refused. After arrest his father castrated himself, but survived after receiving medical treatment while imprisoned.
Norbu Dhondup fled to India with his family. Two decades later he heard that his father at age 86 was still alive after being released from 20 years imprisonment in China. Norbu Dhondup went to find his father in Lhasa and brought him back to India carrying him on his back part of the way.
Please read more at: http://www.tibetoralhistory.org/