By Tenzin Dharpo
Nyima lhamo speaking to President Trump on July 17, 2019 at the White House
DHARAMSHALA, July 18: The niece of late Tibetan grassroots activist and teacher Tulku Tenzin Delek who died under mysterious circumstances in a Chinese prison on Wednesday met the US President Donald Trump at the Oval Office, White House and urged his support for Tibetans and for the return of the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland.
Nyima Lhamo and other delegates of survivors of religious persecution from around the world met Trump at the White House in Washington yesterday. She was among the four people identified by the White House as being from China besides Jewher Ilham, a Uighur Muslim; Yuhua Zhang, a Falun Gong practitioner and Manping Ouyang, a Christian.
Other delegates were Christians from Myanmar, Vietnam, North Korea, Iran, Turkey, Cuba, Eritrea, Nigeria, and Sudan; Muslims from Afghanistan, Sudan, Pakistan and New Zealand; Rohingyas from Myanmar; Jews from Yemen and Germany; a practitioner of Cao Dai from Vietnam including 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nadia Murad, a Yazidi from Iraq.
Lhamo who is a vocal advocate against the atrocities of Chinese government in occupied Tibet and the mysterious death of her uncle Tulku Tenzin Delek who died in July 2015 spoke briefly with the President where she said that “Tibetans inside Tibet need the support of the President of America” and also the help for the Dalai Lama to return to his homeland after more than 60 years in exile.
The US President acknowledged her pleas for support and responded, “Please say hello”, presumably to the Dalai Lama whom he is yet to meet unlike many of his predecessors in the oval office.
Nyima Lhamo also had the opportunity to recount her experiences as a victim of religious persecution during a breakout session on the sidelines of the three-day Ministerial to Advance Religious currently underway in Washington DC.
She was accompanied by a Tibetan delegation which included Representative Ngodup Tsering, Office of Tibet, Washington DC, Kunchok Dolma Yaklha, Special Appointee for Human Rights, Tibet Bureau Geneva, Members of International Campaign for Tibet and Azen Rinpoche from Nepal.