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Nationality:Tibetans // 13/07/2008  // Agnès DHERBEYS
Happy (25yo) during a protest anti Chinese occupation in front of Chinese Visa section in Katmandu on the 13th of July 2008 / Happy in a café, Boddhanath 17th of July 2008. Happy is born 25 years ago in Katmandu and used to work as NGO program officer, until he resigned in March 2008 to dedicate his time supporting the Tibetan cause (Tsetan organizes transportation and communications for Tibetan protests). His family is symptomatic of Tibetan living in exile: his sister (29yo) born in Tibet, is now in the USA where she is also participating to weekly demo in NYC. She financially helps her family who stayed in Nepal. His younger brother doesn’t participate to any demonstration: “he is not interested, I think he is just not mature enough yet”, smiles Tsetang whom his friends call “Happy” since school. Happy recalls he started to really feel “Tibetan” last year 2007. “My grand father lives in Ru, Tibet. Me and my friends, we decided to talk to the border. It was a great journey! We walked and walked, ride horses, we were all so excited! When we reached the border, there was no Chinese but some Tibetans who work for the Chinese. They asked us why we were here, they asked us so many questions! They were even rude at the beginning, asking us a lot of money in order to let us enter Tibet… money we didn’t have of course. Eventually they let us stay in Tibet for 24h, if we would have stayed longer, they would have arrested us”. “Stepping a foot into my motherland and meeting my grand father who was 84yo at the time was so exciting! When he met me, he didn’t recognized me, but then we were so moved. It felt like being back into ancient times, and I felt just so great being there”. “Since March 2008, I participate to every single demo, I have not missed one to this day. Nepali police is not nice to us, although we just want to protest peacefully. The young are especially rude, and we can tell the senior officers are more understanding." En 2008 à Katmandu les tibétains ont manifesté contre l'occupation chinoise dans leur pays. Agnes Dherbeys / M.Y.O.P