Mr. Kai Diekmann, editor in chief - Bild with Mr. Chhoekyapa, Mr. Choephel Balok of ICT and actor Yangzom.
The Germany’s largest newspaper – Bild with over 17 million readers launched a photo exhibition “Pictures from Tibet” in Berlin on the eve of the Olympic Games in Beijing. The exhibition was organized under its campaign A Heart for Children.
80 photos taken by the international acclaimed Swiss born photographer Mr. Michel Comte were on display at the German media group Axel Springer building’s concourse in Berlin. The entrance free exhibition was opened to the public on 8 August and will be on display until 22 August. The photos were taken during Mr. Comte’s visit to Tibet in 1986 and to Dharamsala in June 2008. He met His Holiness the Dalai Lama in May 2008 in Frankfurt.
"The situation in Tibet is getting worse," said Michel Comte, reading a letter he had received from a Tibetan he met during his travel to Dharamsala in June. The Tibetan friend who fled Tibet last year wrote about his family members being killed in Tibet by Chinese soldiers during the recent crackdown on Tibetan peaceful protestors.
German’s elder statesman and long time Tibet friend Otto Graf Lambsdorff spoke about the great risk Tibetans in Tibet take in sending their children to India to get a better education and sometimes to the point that they may not see their children again. He also mentioned about the China current decree on Tibetan officials working in the Chinese administration to bring back their children from India or loss their job.
Mr. Kai Diekmann, editor in chief of the Bild – Germany’s largest newspaper said that the situation of the Tibet is grave. He also said that his newspaper stood against Communism and dictatorship.
Tseten S. Chhoekyapa speaking at the launch of the exhibition
Mr. Tseten S Chhoekyapa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative in Geneva said that the exhibition was launched at a very significant moment in history – on the eve of Olympics Games in Beijing. He expressed Tibetan people’s gratitude to Mr. Comte and Mr. Diekmann for organizing the exhibition to raise funds for education of Tibetan children and Tibetan Medical Institute in Dharamsala.
All the 80 photos were sold for Euro 1000 each. In early February 2009, a similar exhibition will be organized in Düsseldorf, Germany to raise money for Tibetan Medical & Astro. Institute’s new academy near Dharamsala.