RUNNING FROM REPRESSION (INDIA)
Every year, hundreds of Tibetans make their way to the Tibetan Refugee Reception Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, seeking to escape religious and cultural repression by the Chinese government. But the challenge is not only found in meeting the costly expenses of securing a safe journey – it is also found in reconciling with leaving family members behind, crossing physical barriers, and facing a future that is uncertain.
Where indicated (*), names have been changed.
IN SIGHT OF TIBET (INDIA)
Nearly 14 000 feet above sea level, on the arid shores of Pangong “Tso” (lake), flies a lone Tibetan flag.
In democratic India, this flag's presence may seem benign - but on the opposite shore of Pangong Tso lies Tibet - and just a few kilometers south of the remote village of Spangmik, lies a Chinese army checkpost. In such close proximity to Tibet, 68-year-old Tsering Dondup is literally flying the Tibetan flag in the face of China.
Listen to the full interview with Tsering Dondup.
CHILDREN IN CHARGE (MALAWI)
According to a 2010 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) report, 18 per cent of children in Malawi were found to be orphaned or vulnerable (OVC). But in a country where 52 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line and economic pressure is mounting under the current Administration, the incidence of OVC and child-headed households are becoming increasingly common.
At just 15-years-old, Davie Namuona is the head of his household and, by definition, the sole provider for and primary caretaker of his five younger sisters. This is his story.