Like so many of the people I know who fight for Tibet, Choedon, a beautiful young Tibetan refugee I interviewed, had requested I not show her face in this interview.
Her dream is to return to Tibet, and she fears her activism would result in denial of a visa.
In 2008, Choedon, along with almost 400 others (mostly Tibetans) worked together and planned a march back to their homeland – Tibet.
According to Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
The march lasted over 100 days, and there were numerous arrests within India, as this group tried to assert this basic human right.
Choedon and I sat in her apartment during this interview, sipping apple juice. The sun was shining over the Himalayas, kids were laughing outside. This was no ordinary conversation. I felt a sadness; this kind of conversation seems to be the norm here in the exile community. We talked about hope and family; Choedon ended the interview with something that left me in tears.
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