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