Kyizom

 
Kyizom

born 1936
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Kyizom hailed from the village of Tsang Samtenling near Gyangtse. Her family farmed as well as engaged in raising animals. During summertime they lived in a huge tent made from the hair of yak and grazed their animals in the grasslands. They returned home in time for the harvest each year. As a child, Kyizom along with her large dog, helped herd the yaks and sheep. Kyizom recalls that when the Chinese first appeared in her village, the children were terrified and distrusted them. The Chinese wearing blue or yellow uniforms lured the villagers with gifts, but gradually changed their attitude and then started oppressing the Tibetan people. Kyizom and her family were forced to move to the ground floor of her house and Chinese officials occupied the second floor. The Chinese distributed all her family’s animals to village beggars. Kyizom witnessed the thamzing ‘struggle session’ of her father and aunt, who was the umze ‘chant leader’ of the local nunnery. Kyizom vividly describes the horrible way they were humiliated in front of the whole village. Both her father and aunt were subjected to thamzing two more times and then imprisoned where they eventually died, most likely from starvation. Kyizom feared for her safety and fled to India through Bhutan with many others from her village. The normal 2-day journey took 15 days in order to hide from the Chinese. Transcript of entire interview: 66M_Kyizom.pdf

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1.1 min
Describes arrest and public torture of her aunt simply because she was a Buddhist nun.
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1.3 min
Describes difficult journey to avoid Chinese persecution and escape to India.
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