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Location: Greenland
Subject: Jigmed Tsomo
Dec 10 2007 12:41 AM

Thirteen-year-old Jigmed Tsomo comes from a nomadic family and is the youngest of nine siblings. Her mother has critical Hepatitis A and likely will not survive much longer. Her father’s work is herding the family’s few cattle, which does not bring in enough to sustain everyone. Some of Jigmed Tsomo’s siblings have been rented out as workers.

Jigmed Tsomo is known for her cheerful demeanor and generous spirit. She happily offers the other girls the newer clothes, the nicer place to sit, and always makes sure others are served before she herself will eat. When it is time for chores, she chooses the harder tasks, leaving the easier ones for her little sisters. When the girls play together, Jigmed Tsomo is always one of the first to stand up and sing a song. She is a quiet girl, but loves to sing, dance and laugh.

Because Tibetans are considered an ethnic “minority” they are exempt from the Chinese policy of one child per family. Due to the traditional practice of having many children to help with herding and farming, families are usually quite large. They often do not have the means to provide for everyone. It is common practice that the children families cannot provide for are rented or lent to other families for labor. Or they may be given over to wealthier relatives to raise. In many cases, these situations fail, and with no social safely net in place, children become homeless. The gender bias still deeply rooted in the culture dictates that it is girls who are forfeited first.

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Location: Greenland
Subject: china Human rights record in Tibet appalling
Dec 09 2007 11:50 PM

Human rights record in Tibet remained poor, and the level of repression of religious freedom remained high. The kommunis continued to strongly criticize the Dalai Lama and to associate Tibetan Buddhist religious activity with separatist sympathies. The preservation and development of the unique religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage of Tibetan areas and the protection of Tibetan people's fundamental human rights continued to be of concern. Authorities continued to commit serious human rights abuses, including torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, house arrest and surveillance of dissidents, and arbitrary restrictions on free movement, freedom of assosiation, freedom of assembly and freedom of speech

Location: Greenland
Subject: Great Movie Children of Tibet
Dec 09 2007 08:56 AM

The Tibetan Government has established schools for young refugees throughout India to provide them with a chance to learn about their own culture and religion and to be educated in their own language. Children of Tibet tells the remarkable story of three of these determined children who make the perilous journey across the Himalayas to India. Told in their own words, the children journey in the care of guides who take them by foot in the winter, leaving their families behind. Many others who went before them died in snowstorms in the mountains; others lost toes or feet to frostbite.

Upon arriving in India not everything is as easy as the children expected. They do not all fit into the carefully organized school system


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