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Sufferers under the same rule

November 4, 2009

by Phuntsok Tsering
October 30, 2009

This moving picture of two women activists was
taken during the Frankfurt International Book
Fair, the world’s largest literary event that was held two weeks ago.

It was a mere coincidence. These two women
activists - one from Tibet and the other from
Xinjiang (East Turkestan)- met for the first time
by chance after a panel discussion themed
"Persecuted writers demand freedom of speech in China".

Rebiya Kadeer is a world famous leader of the
Uighur freedom movement and Dalha Agyitsang is a
Tibet activist based in Germany.

Being sufferers under the same rule they hugged
each other. The picture, taken by Hessen´s state
media, found its rightful place as it was
published in the photo gallery of the book fair.

At a press conference during the book fair, Mrs
Dalha Agyitsang introduced a book by Tsering
Woeser in German translation. The book chronicles
the series of events in Tibet from 10 March 2008
till the Olympic Games under the title: "You have
the guns, I have a pen". This book was published
by "Lungta Publishers" founded by a German Tibet
support group Tibet Initiative Deutschland (TID).

Woeser is a Tibetan writer self-exiled in
Beijing. When massive anti-China unrest broke out
across Tibet in March 2008, she had been
reporting daily on the developments in Tibet in her blog.

The press conference was attended by quite a
number of people and the book was well received
by the media, it also aroused much interest at the information stall.

Dalha (short for Dolma Lhamo) was born in Gonjo,
Kham, in eastern Tibet. In 1963 she moved to
Germany. After finishing her school, she attended
FU-University of Berlin. She is a freelance
Tibetologist with emphasis on epic tradition of central Asian nomadic tribes.

Over the years, Dalha worked in different
political organisations for Tibet. She was the
founding chair of the Association of Tibetans in
Germany when it was started in 1979. Since a
decade ago, she has acted as an active board
member of the Tibet Initiative Deutschland (TID),
the largest Tibet support group in Germany.

Tibet activists feel Tibet was duly represented
at the book fair by the TSG Germany, the
International Campaign for Tibet, the Association
of Tibetans in Germany, (VTD).Tibet House Germany
and the Society for Threatened People.

Phuntsok Tsering can be reached by
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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