(2/4) Just after my father was put in jail, the monks all signed a petition, which we photocopied and threw everywhere in the streets, asking for our freedom and for genocide to stop in Tibet. Because the Chinese didn’t know exactly who put the petition on the street, they came in and beat up not only the monks, but everybody in the village. Eventually, I decided I had to run away to India because I knew that they would find out the truth, and it was too risky for me to stay.
First, I walked to Lhasa with my friend. For the first few weeks, I felt like I was nearly dying because it was so exhausting, but then I got used to it. When we left it was autumn but then it changed to winter, and we got lost – so we ended up walking for 6 months. We survived by asking for food from people in the small villages along the way. Then, after we got to Lhasa, we left for India. We walked through the Himalayas for 1 month and 17 days.
Thousands try to make this voyage every year, but only 1% make it. If you don’t die from the cold, you get shot by the Chinese police. I was lucky we had a very clever guide – we walked only at night and during the day we were covered in some fabric which was the same colour as the mountain.
My family is not allowed to have a phone, but when I arrived in India, I called our neighbour and my father came to their phone, and I was able to tell him I was alive.
I remember I was so happy, because I had seen the Dalai Llama and he had said a few words to me. I had thought he lived in the sky so I couldn’t believe it when I really saw him in the flesh!
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What an amazing story of endurance. I hope your family is safe.
In the beginning it say that his father was put in jail but in the end he is able to come to the neighbors phone???
Welcome to Australia, sincerely hope you find much happiness and one day reunited with family
these are the stories we need to hear not just how important our exports are to our “Chinese trade partners” there is real suffering behind the deals.
Good luck with your future
An important story. I’m sorry for your pain & that of your family. I hope you find much happiness & peace here in your new home.
What a journey you have had. You are amazing!
Welcome. I hope your family is safe
Wow what an incredible story !
Tell your story as often as you can so it gets heard. I wish you love
It makes me absolutely sick that the Australian government is selling out to China. China has an absolutely deplorable human rights record. Your story needs to be told and should be shown to our PM and politicians.
So sorry for your family, I hope you make a wonderful life here.
I stand with you.
An amazing, powerful story! Thank you for sharing. I hope Australia treats you with love and respect.
Very brave man
It is a very heavy reading with an equally heavy heart . I can’t imagine you went through it alone . You are certainly walking every day with such weights . All I can say is that ; we the six million brothers and sisters are with you . Thank you for not giving up on the battle for justice for Tibet . Thank you ; Meo la . I will remember your loved ones in my very seldom said prayers ! Take a good care of yourself .
Sounds like the dalai lama really helped……
Incredible. What a journey of survival.
What a courageous man. I hope his family stays safe.
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Thank you for telling your story. I’m sure you miss Tibet, it would be so hard to have to leave. But, I hope you are well and safe now ????????☀️