Tibetan Monks Diaspora
Photography by Patricio Estay
Image ID: 025PE_NV - 115 photos
The Tibetan Diaspora number is estimated at up to 150,000 refugees...

Based on 11 trips to Dharamsala, India & Tibet between 1999 and 2016. "Tibetan Diaspora Monks" is part of the greater Tibet Land of Exile Project.
Patricio Estay, inspired by his experience as a political exiled and by his meeting with Henri Cartier Bresson in 1986 in Paris, started Tibet Land Of Exile, one of the most important projects in his career. He had been working for nine years beside the Dalai Lama and in the Tibetan community, who is in exile in Dharamsala.This documentary project is dedicated to the Dalai Lama; to the life and work of the Tibetan population in exile; to the school for refugee children created by Jetsun Pema, sister of His Holiness; to the young exiled monks who have found a new home in the monasteries of Dharamsala; and to the pilgrims who come to celebrate the holiday of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. Top of these nine years work is the witness of the current socio-politic situation in Tibet. The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) provides a Green Book - a kind of Tibetan identity certificate - to Tibetan refugees. Based on a CTA survey from 2009, 127,935 Tibetans were registered in the diaspora: in India 94,203; in Nepal 13,514; in Bhutan 1,298; and in rest of the world 18,920.[1] However, their number is estimated at up to 150,000, as mentioned by both Edward J. Mills et al. in 2005 and by the 14th Dalai Lama in 2009. The larger of the other communities are in the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, France, Taiwan and Australia. Many Tibetans leave Tibet in order to avoid arrest and persecution for political charges. Political activism that runs counter to any Communist Party position is strictly prohibited and heavily penalized according to Chinese laws. China often labels such activity, as well as many simple assertions of the Tibetan identity, as "splittism" (attempting to "split Tibet from China) in order to curtail dissent and ensure compliance with Party policies. Punishments meted out for such activities can entail harsh prison terms and physical abuse.
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