Could you imagine a 13 year-old girl being imprisoned for speaking her mind? It happened to Ngawang Sangdrol and it’s happening to other peaceful Tibetans at the hands of a brutal Chinese government as we speak.
Please find both President of ICT Matteo Mecacci and Ngawang Sangdrol’s letters below.
The moving letter Ngawang Sangdrol sent you the other day is a story (you can find it below) is all too common: A young woman’s freedom taken from her for over a decade simply for expressing her dedication to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The brutal treatment of peaceful Tibetans at the hands of the Chinese government must cease, and we need a chorus of loud voices to effect change.
Together, we will help the people of Tibet in their struggle for freedom and peace – and use our collective compassion to help bring reconciliation to a country that needs it most.
Dear Respected Friend,
At just 13 years of age, I became a prisoner of the Chinese authorities in Tibet. Why was I imprisoned? For speaking my mind and staying true to my ideals, my hopes, and my dreams for the future.
Along with many other young Tibetan Buddhist nuns, I was arrested for shouting, “Free Tibet” and “Long Live the Dalai Lama” outside of His Holiness’s summer home.
For my actions, I was locked away in Lhasa’s Drapchi prison for 11 years. Other nuns and I were beaten and tortured for extended periods of time. I was so small that guards could easily pick me up by my ankles and bounce my head off the concrete floor.
But, friend, today I am free.
I am living proof that any actions you take as a member of the International Campaign for Tibet will be felt in Tibet.
ICT members just like you helped win my freedom, and have been by my side ever since – receiving me at the airport, providing for my emergency health care, my slow rehabilitation from injuries, then English lessons, and arranging my affairs.
I am safe in my new home – America – and I will be forever grateful. But, friend, our work ending the atrocities in Tibet is far from over.
As a Tibetan American, I do all I can to help the Tibetan people – including encouraging new friends like you to become involved in ICT’s work. I’m not willing to let the Chinese government’s human rights violations go unopposed – and that’s why I thank you for joining our community of compassion.
You can sign up to receive more information from the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) here.
Thanks for your time!