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World Tibet Network News

Friday, January 16, 1998

1. Five children die trying to flee snow-bound Tibet

January 15, 1998

BEIJING:(AP) Five children and a teenager died in snowstorms in the Himalayan
mountains while trying to flee Tibet, a monitoring group reported on

Four children, aged 10 and 11, and a 16-year-old monk died in December after
their group of 22 Tibetans was stranded and then struggled out in snow more
than one metre deep, London-based Tibet Information Network reported.

Some of the survivors, who suffered severe frostbite, where helped by two
trekkers from Scotland. The couple carried a child and hired porters to
carry a 23-year-old nun to a hospital. The journey required crossing
5,700-metre-high mountain passes.

Another group of 26 Tibetans that reached Nepal reported a two-year-old
child with them died after the group walked through the deep snow.

The children were being sent to schools run by the Tibetan
government-in-exile in India, and older members of the group were going to
India to join Tibetan monasteries.

Tibetans trying to reach India go through Nepal, where many receive United
Nations aid.

The number of refugees increases during the winter, apparently because there
are fewer guards on the borders then, Tibet Information Network said in a
statement about the six deaths.

China sent its army into Tibet in 1950 and formally took it over a year
later, claiming it historically was a Chinese province. - AP

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Five children die trying to flee snow-bound Tibet
  2. Holiday Britons help Tibetans to reach safety
  3. ROC to Enhance Services to Tibetans and Mongolians

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