Posting an interview on this website with a Tibetan woman who endured unbelievable hardships for the sake of protecting her children was an exciting moment. It was an honor to interview someone so admirable, who embodies the strength and dedication of Tibetan women. I deeply believed in the value of her story and its power to get people thinking about the struggles women like her are facing every day.
Unfortunately, that interview had to come down. Members of the Tibetan community here in Norbulingka have told this woman that sharing her story with me, openly and honestly addressing abuses she endured, has harmed the community and embarrassed the Dalai Lama. Although she has no regrets about sharing details about herself, the thought of embarrassing the Dalai Lama is upsetting for her, so the interview has been removed out of respect for her feelings.
It’s sad that we can’t even talk about personal experiences without people who have never lifted a finger to help to other community members using the Dalai Lama’s name to condemn those who speak up. We are refugees, we risked our lives and overcame severe hardships to escape China. We want freedom and independence, but instead we are being controlled by pressure inside the community. Until all Tibetans are free to express ourselves, we will not have freedom even in exile.