Friends of Tibet is organising a 'Face-to-Face' with three patriotic Tibetan nuns who preferred years in prison and torture than singing the Chinese national anthem at a programme which is going to be moderated by Tenzin Tsundue. The 'Face-to-Face' will be held at the YMCA Auditorium, Colaba, Bombay on June 18, 2005 (Sat) at 6pm. Entry will be open to all.
About the three nuns:
Nyima (Born in Tibet in 1977): "I went to school only for six months. And then I became a nun at Poto Gon Nunnery. In 1994, I did a Free Tibet demonstration with two other nuns in Lhasa. Consequently, we got arrested and imprisoned for one and half years in Gutsa prison, then in Drapchi Prison for three years and seven months. I spent one year and eight months in solitary confinement for singing a Free Tibet song in the prison in 1997. I was released in 1999. Since then I partly stayed at home in Lhundrub and partly in Lhasa. I decided to escape Tibet in April 2004. Currently I am studying in Tibetan Transit School in India."
Damchoe Drolma (Born in Tibet in 1975): "When I was 17 years old, I joined Sharbumpa nunnery in Phenpo and there I stayed for four years. On February 25, 1995, I did a Free Tibet demonstration with eight nuns at the Barkhor in Lhasa. We got arrested and two of us were imprisoned for six years. Others were imprisoned for four years in Drapchi prison. I spent six months in solitary confinement for refusing to sing the Chinese national anthem and praising songs for the communist party during the visits of some high Chinese officials and leaders to the prison. My six years sentence ended in 2001. After that I spent around three years in Lhasa and at home. Then I came to India in March 2004 to study."
Nyima Drolkar (Born in Tibet in 1976): "When I was 15, I joined Poto Gon nunnery. Two years later I did demonstration with two other nuns in Barkhor, in Lhasa in 1994. We got arrested and imprisoned for one and half years in Gutsa prison, then in Drapchi prison for three years and seven months. In May 1998 the prisoners rose to demonstrate which resulted in a massive crackdown. I was singled out, and interrogated and tortured with five other nuns. All of the others died as a result of that particular torture session. I fell unconsciousness and was hospitalised. After that I spent 11 months in solitary confinement for refusing to sing the Chinese national anthem and praising songs for the communist party. I fled to India in 2004."
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