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Boy walks 1,000 km to freedom

india Updated: Feb 02, 2007 11:06 IST

Jamyang Samten, a teenaged Tibetan boy, trekked all the way from Tibet to Dharamsala, covering a distance of over 1,000 kilometres, to escape Chinese repression.

Fifteen-year-old Jamyang successfully crossed the Tibet-Nepal border in his second attempt. Jamyang, who was part of a Tibetan Group on its way to India, claims to have witnessed the killing of two of his group members while attempting to cross over to Nepal in his earlier attempt.

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Great escape

Jamyang Samten, 15 is

a Tibetan boy

He trekked 1000 km from Tibet to Dharamsala

Samten reached India

after crossing the Tibet-Nepal border

Chinese border guards threatened to kill him


"When they first arrested us at Takola, the border police put guns at our heads and threatened to kill us. We were taken to Shiputa and were asked who was responsible for taking us to this road. The police also asked the description of the guide and people who guided us. They threatened to execute us if caught next time," said Jamyang who reached here on Monday. Nepal is home to more than 20,000 Tibetan refugees.

These refugees are not allowed to stay in Nepal and must travel on to neighbouring India. India is home to around 1, 50,000 Tibetan refugees.