“The struggle which we are carrying is the struggle between power of truth, power of gun. For short term, power of gun is much stronger. But long run, power of TRUTH is stronger than power of gun.” – H.H. the Dalai Lama
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I want to take a moment, since there are so many new people finding out about Restored Voice Project, to talk about this project’s scope and mission.
Restored Voice Project seeks to empower these women, who have been silenced by the Chinese authorities (and whose kindred and kin are still being silenced), by giving them a chance to finally share their perspectives. What’s happening in Tibet is happening to Tibetans, and yet the story we hear is moderated by the Han Chinese. It’s a Tibetan story told by non-Tibetans, in our mainstream media.
Often, in reading the nuns’ TNP bios, I encountered a familiar sentiment at the end of their abbreviated life story:
“The West needs to remember what is going on in Tibet…”
“I want to learn English so that I can tell the world about Tibet…”
“I am going to be a teacher, so that I can go back to Tibet and teach in my village, where there was no school… I will keep fighting peacefully for Tibet to be free….”
“I am going to learn English because the world cannot forget about what is happening in Tibet…”(*)
Now, decades since the Chinese invaded, we still haven’t heard from these women, and most of us don’t even know they exist. Why not?
In less than a week, there have been three more self-immolations in Tibet. This brings the number to 54. At least 44 of these individuals have died – and 41 of them have set themselves alight in this fiery form of rebellion since January of 2012.
Take a moment to see their faces. All of them had their own stories. We’re left to fill in a lot of blanks.