The degree of despair among the Tibetans struggling to survive under oppressive Chinese rule can only be imagined, as reports now come out of Tibet dealing with the tragic loss of lives of two teenage Tibetans to self-immolation. The Tibet Sun has reported today, Feb. 20, 2013, Two teenagers die after self-immolation protest in Ngaba. According to exile Tibetan sources who have contacts in Tibet, two Tibetan teenagers from Ngaba have died after setting themselves on fire in protest against Chinese rule in Tibet.
It has been reported from Tibet that Rinchen, 17, and Sonam Dhargay, 18, set themselves on fire in Kyangtsa town in Tibet’s northeastern in Amdo Ngaba around 9.30pm local time on Tuesday. This area is in what China calls Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. With these two tragic deaths of Rinchen and Sonam Dhargay, the number of self-immolations in protest of the repressive Chinese rule in Tibet has reached 104.
Phayul.com has also covered the loss of lives of these two protesting Tibetan teenagers to self-immolations, Breaking: Two Tibetan teenagers burn selves to death. Both Rinchen and Sonam Dhargay have succumbed to their burns. A press release from the Kirti Monastery has stated, “It is not currently known what slogans they raised during the protest. The families of the two teenagers are in possession of their bodies and are hoping to carry out their final rites without any interference from the Chinese authorities.”