Teenage Tibetan nun sets herself ablaze in protest of Chinese government

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According to the New York Daily News, an 18-year-old Tibetan nun, Tenzin Choedon, set her self on fire after shouting slogans against the Chinese government. She died from the injuries.

Choedon is not the only Tibetan to set herself on fire to protest the Chinese government’s treatment of the vast region, which has been under China’s rule for centuries. Tibetans are angry over the religious and cultural restrictions that the government has instilled on the region.

According to the article, “as many as 18 monks, nuns and ordinary Tibetans have set themselves on fire over the past year, and Free Tibet says at least 12 died from their injuries.”

The self immolations are a “protest against China’s policies and a call for the return of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetans’ spiritual leader who fled from the Himalayan region to India amid an abortive uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.”

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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