Sky burial : an eyewitness account of China's brutal crackdown in Tibet /

Sky burial : an eyewitness account of China's brutal crackdown in Tibet /

Sky burial : an eyewitness account of China's brutal crackdown in Tibet /

Sky burial : an eyewitness account of China's brutal crackdown in Tibet /

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In 1991, after the United States government gave permission for an additional 1,000 Tibetan refugees to settle in North America, I came to this country for a fundraising tour. In Washington, D.C., I met Dr. Blake Kerr. When I heard that he had witnessed the fall 1987 uprisings in Lhasa, I was of course interested to hear more. It was the first time I heard a firsthand report from a man who was a reliable witness to the suffering of the Tibetans, who half a century ago had been my generous hosts for seven years. I had lived with them at a time when they were a happy people in a happy country, under the leadership of the Dalai Lama, who so deservedly received the Nobel Peace Prize for 1989.

What attracted me to the author was the love and admiration we share for the Tibetans and their beautiful country. Without hesitation he gave me a number of his and John Ackerly's slides that illustrate the uprising in Lhasa and the courage of the Tibetans. I also learned for the very first time of the latest and most unbelievable cruelty of the Chinese-the sterilization of Tibet's women.

When I first read the manuscript of Sky Burial, I was impressed by all its many fine details; but I was also depressed to learn that life for the Tibetans is even worse than I had heard. The writer himself, a young American physician, is in every respect entitled to give us information on what is really happening in Tibet now that the Chinese . . .

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