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THE TRUTH ABOUT TIBET (article first published : 2002-02-20)

A photographic exhibition organised by the Tibet Society of South Africa will open in the NSA’s Park Gallery on February 26 at 18h00.

Titled The Truth about Tibet, this collection of photographs was donated to the Tibet Society of South Africa by various human rights organisations and the Tibet Government-in-exile. It gives the viewer a rare glimpse into the Tibet that China does not want the world to see. The photos reflect the destruction of Tibet's environment, the oppression of its people and the gradual but ruthless eradication of their culture and religion.

The exhibition depicts the human tragedy of the Tibetan people, who since 1950, when the People's Republic of China invaded their country, have tried steadfastly to find a peaceful solution to the genocide being perpetrated on the “Roof of the World”.

Coinciding with the exhibition, a special commemorative event will be held on March 10th at 14h30 to honour those Tibetans who died in the Tibetan National Uprising on that date in 1959. Seven days after this uprising, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual and temporal leader, was forced to flee into exile.

The Chinese military retaliated with brute force, resulting in the massacre of thousands of Tibetan men, woman and children. Mr. Jampal Chosang, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representative for Africa and the Middle East, will be the guest speaker. This is a unique opportunity to meet and hear the plea to save Tibet as expressed by a member of the Tibet government-in-exile.

The exhibition runs until March 17. For more information contact Renato Palmi on 083 943-0235




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