Tibetan teenagers at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis to celebrate the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, July 6, 1998.

Tibetans are now a people without a homeland.  After the Chinese invaded in the 1950s many Tibetans fled to neighboring countries of Nepal and India, and some immigrated to the U.S. and other countries around the world.  They also face the challenges of refugees who cannot go home, but are officially categorized as immigrants by many countries around the world who officially recognize Tibet as part of China.

German parents outraged after schoolchildren asked to make beds, cook for refugees

Refugees rests at an improvised temporary shelter in a sports hall in Hanau, Germany. © Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

A school in Lübeck, Germany, included “practical work experience” at a local asylum center into a week activities. The plan angered parents opposed the idea of their children changing linen on refugees’ beds, helping to cook food and sorting clothes.

An extract from a letter was posted in Facebook by a mother who obtained it from a friend whose son received it at school. Initially, the text sparked a mixture of bewilderment and disbelief in social media, but after a local newspaper got in touch with Schleswig-Holstein authorities, they confirmed the document was real.

“I am definitely not a hater, I am super tolerant, but this is taking the matter a bit too far. Is there a new discipline at school which is called servitude?” the angry post reads.

The post got over 2,000 shares and more than 600 comments most of them asking why the refugees can’t take care of them themselves.

The Kiel Ministry of Education has made it clear that starting this week, 13-14-year-old eighth-graders from one school in the city of Lübeck have been putting fresh linen on refugees’ beds, helping out in the kitchen of the asylum seekers’ center and sorting clothes collected for the migrants. The chores last from 8:30am till 1:30pm.

“The idea came to light because the school and actually also this class are attended by refugee children. The students go on a daily basis with this issue,” said a spokeswoman for the ministry, which insists the commitment was initiated by the students themselves and have not been prescribed by the teachers.

The comments left by indignant parents in social networks could be narrowed down to between ‘good advice to refugees to help themselves’ and calls to ‘clean their mess with their own hands’.

Recent reports have emerged that Germans expressing discontent with Syrian refugees living nearby or making threats toward asylum-seekers on social media could be labeled radical and xenophobic, which eventually could cost them their jobs and children.



Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Refugee

As Tom sez:

“Don’t have to live like a rufugee”

Been wanting to visit here for a while, the Hemja Tibetan refugee camp near Sarangkot. This place was setup in 1962 for those exiled from their homeland in Tibet.

When I arrived there were the vendors setup right there and I ended up buying something from everyone of them, all 15 stands, I had too… :)

I did have to limit each item to 200 rupees, but for them to have a foreigner come and buy something from all of them was pretty out of the ordinary they told me, most people will buy one or two things then move on…

There was noone else there and they were so nice to talk with, they told me a lot about the history of the camp, visits from the Dalai Lama, and were just really gracious and genuine…

Hemja Tibetan Refugee Camp, outside Sarangkot, Nepal.