Dharamshala: Observing the latest in a wave of self-immolations this month, the Tibetan exile community marked the latest loss of life within Tibet by lining the streets of Dharamshala on the evening of October 20th with a candlelight prayer vigil.
27 year old LhamoKyap self-immolated in Sangchu County, Eastern Tibet on October 20th 2012 at around 2 o’clock (local time) in Bura town (Amdo).
The 27 year old layman was married to 29 year old Dojee Kyi, and leaves behind two daughters, aged 10 and 7 years old. Lhamo reportedly died at the scene.
In return, the community of Dharamshala; exile home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, took to the streets the very same evening, holding aloft candles and connected by a string of Katha prayer scarves. At least 250 people attended the vigil, which concluded at the Main Temple of the town.
Speaking at the event in an interview for the Tibet Post International, Lamsangfrom the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress stated: “It is the 56th self-immolation of a Tibetan inside Tibet”
“Since 1959 Tibetans in Tibet have been suffering under Chinese rule. The situation has become worse and worse. This is the helpless voice of Tibetans in Tibet. They can do nothing. The only thing they can do is burn themselves;to let people know how they are suffering in Tibet”.
“This is not only a protest against the Chinese government. This is a message to the world; to let people know what is happening inside Tibet. Thisis a very big message to the world”.
Lhamo Kyap is the latest to self-immolate amid a series of similar protests since 2009, which have now surpassed 56. He leaves behind a wife and two children.