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Generations Rangzen // 13/07/2008  // Agnès DHERBEYS
Lhosang Phakpa 74 yo in Tashiling camp, Pokhara November 2008 I am the son of a farmer, and I had 2 sisters and one brother, I was the youngest one. I became a novice monk in Ganden Monastery in Lhasa when I was 12 yo, but I am born in Kham, East Tibet. I was not part of Chushi Gandruk at first, but when I escaped I took off my monk robe. This was very sad. I joined the resistance when I reached Mustang in 1961 or 1962, after I spent a year building roads for the Indians in Kalimpong. There we were trained by Tibetans who had been themselves trained in the USA. I had a gun when I was younger but those the Americans dropped to us where powerful automatic rifles. I had already left behind my monk robe, and by the time we had to leave Mustang, the idea of being a monk collapsed in my mind: I felt bad I killed so many Chinese, and you know, because we were starving we also had to kill animals which is not Buddhist at all! We shoot at the Chinese troops with anger, and then we saw them dying… So I felt I didn’t have the right anymore to become a monk again. I feel quite sad now. We did so many things for our country. We struggled so hard! And now look at us. We are old, our government doesn’t look after us. My wife passed away and we didn’t have any kid … we were old soldiers by the time we settled down. The young Tibetans are doing the right things. Like Tenzin Tsundue, he is doing very well: his aim is to enter Tibet! We have to go back and fight inside for the Rangzen. I believe action is better than talks. One of my heroes during these days was Dolma Cha from Amdo. He was one of our teachers and he was as intelligent as he was brave. It is him who gathered the information that Nepal was going to attack us for being in Mustang. He is the one who convinced us to go and settle down in Pokhara. He got unfortunately killed by Baba Gen Tashi –a Tibetan traitor who stole some of the CIA money and support from the resistance… before he could join us and settle down I went back to Tibet legally in 1985, at this time it was still possible. I was shocked by the number of monasteries that had been destroyed. Ganden, “my” monastery had been bombed too. It had been rebuilt but only 75 monks living in it, while we were around 5 500 in 1959! I don’t even know how m parents died, but the PLA killed my older brother.. but I don’t even know how, I am not sure of what happened. En 2008 à Katmandu les tibétains ont manifesté contre l'occupation chinoise dans leur pays. Agnes Dherbeys / M.Y.O.P