Let’s work in concert

I’m a sucker for well-produced, moving video.

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Old woman walking

Taking refuge

After the Chinese took full control of Lhasa and Tibet in 1959, many Tibetans — the Dalai Lama included — made their way to Dharamshala as refugees. Today, they and their descendants consider this their adopted home.

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Tibetan eyes

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre, Darjeeling

We visited the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre in the Darjeeling hills. At the time, it was a rather dour compound. Adults eyed us — seven foreigners pulling up in a van — with reserve. We spent most of our time in the gift shop that sells traditional handicrafts at fixed, good prices.

Outside, these two little ones made up for the quiet with their laughter.

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Citizen journalism, old-school

Words for a people suppressed

The Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre in Darjeeling proudly displays the old World War II-era hand press that printed the Tibetan Freedom newspaper for 32 years. The newspaper was started on the advice of the Dalai Llama, exiled to India, to spread word of Tibetans, their identity and their struggle against Chinese control.

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