HEBS and the Tibetan Genocide
Why is this school so special?
After 20 years of various attempts, HEBS was the only solution that ever succeeded in stemming the tide of language and cultural extinction among the Sherpa (and the other Tibetan peoples) of the high Himalayan region.
When a language disappears, so does a culture
The University of Hawaiʿi at Mānoa’s “The Endangered Languages Project” lists Sherpa, Magar, and other Tibetan dialects as languages expected to go extinct in this generation if something is not done right away.
The Tibetan genocide
1.2 million Tibetans were executed, tortured to death, or burned alive by the People’s Liberation Army. This is out of a population of 6 million. The PLA is responsible for bulldozing 90% of the monasteries in Tibet (over 5,000), and destroying most of the texts and religious artifacts that were in religious institutions, former government buildings, and even hidden in caves. Tens of thousands of monks and nuns were machine-gunned to death as they fled.
This school stands in direct opposition to the policy and current activities of the Chinese government because it is saving the Tibetan-based cultures that the Chinese government has been working so hard to stamp out. Despite the work of the Dalai Lama’s supporters in the West, like Richard Gere, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Barack Obama, the Chinese government continues to call the Tibetan culture and religion a “poison that is destroying the minds of the people.”
Many more monks and nuns fled across the 20,000-foot Himalayan passes into the Himalayan region of Nepal and some continued on to the Dalai Lama’s refugee camps in Dharamshala. This is still happening today. It is still a crime, punishable by 20-years in hard labor camps, to merely be caught with a photo of the Dalai Lama in Tibet.
The current Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has now stationed specially trained snipers in high-altitude huts with high-tech radar to catch any further Tibetans trying to flee to Nepal at night over the 20,000-foot passes. This is after the horrific shooting of monks and nuns filmed by western climbers in 2008.
By rebuild HEBS, you are directly interfering with the Chinese government’s continuing attempts to stamp out Tibetan culture once and for all.