Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tibetan mother-of-three dies after setting herself on fire in latest protest over Chinese rule

A Tibetan mother has died after setting fire to herself outside a monastery in the latest protest against China's occupation of the country.

Rechok, a nomad in her 30s who has three children, died outside the Jonang Dzamthang monastery in Barma Township this afternoon.

Her body is currently in the monastery and Tibetans have been gathering for her cremation, which is expected to be held this evening.

Rechok spent the last few days in the mountains tending to the family’s animals before travelling into the town ready to give her life.

She has two daughters aged nine and 15, and a 17-year-old son.

There have now been four self-immolations in Barma in 2012 and Rechok is one of more than 30 Tibetans who have engulfed themselves in flames over the last year. Read More