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Tibet: Freedom Denied

In the future this place will be known only as China.

Tibet—Land of the Snow Leopard, prayer wheels and yak herders—it is being transformed by degrees as the Chinese erase both Tibetan religion and culture first by violence, then “re-education” and finally, mass immigration of Han Chinese. Some say it is progress, others genocide.

These images are records of a time when anti-government monks had gone underground, common people were fleeing to India over the snowy passes of the Himalayas and those left behind were losing hope. (National Geographic)

Lynn Johnson