On March 10th, Buddhist monks started protests in Tibet, China, because they feel Tibetans are not being treated fairly and they want Tibet to be a separate country. Over the last few days, the protests have increased and more of the Tibetan people have become involved.
The history between Tibet and China goes way back. Around 700AD, Tibet was an independent kingdom. Over the centuries, Tibet has sometimes been an independent country and sometimes been part of China. In 1950, China took over Tibet, and called it an “autonomous region” of China. The Dalai Lama was the political and spiritual leader of the Tibetans. Nine years later he fled with a large number of his followers to India and has been living there since. He believes in peacefully fighting for his people’s rights, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
Tibet is a geographic wonder. Imagine 3 million people living in an area that is greater than France, Greece and Italy put together, at a height taller than the highest peaks of the Alps in Europe or the Rockies in North America! That’s Tibet for you – it’s no wonder it is called the “Roof of the World”!