The Tibet Bureau News
The situation in Tibet is getting worse says world famous
photographer Michel Comte
The Tibet Bureau, Geneva - 7 August 2008
The Germany’s largest newspaper – Bild with over 17
million readers launched a photo exhibition “Pictures from
Tibet” in Berlin on the eve of the Olympic Games in Beijing. The
exhibition was organized under its campaign A Heart for
Michel Compte and H. H. the Dalai Lama
80 photos taken by the international acclaimed Swiss born
photographer Mr. Michel Comte were on display at the German
media group Axel Springer building’s concourse in Berlin. The
entrance free exhibition was opened to the public on 8 August
and will be on display until 22 August. The photos were taken
during Mr. Comte’s visit to Tibet in 1986 and to Dharamsala in
June 2008. He met His Holiness the Dalai Lama in May 2008 in
"The situation in Tibet is getting worse," said Michel Comte,
reading a letter he had received from a Tibetan he met during
his travel to Dharamsala in June. The Tibetan friend who fled
Tibet last year wrote about his family members being killed in
Tibet by Chinese soldiers during the recent crackdown on Tibetan
German’s elder statesman and long time Tibet friend Otto Graf
Lambsdorff spoke about the great risk Tibetans in Tibet take in
sending their children to India to get a better education and
sometimes to the point that they may not see their children
again. He also mentioned about the China current decree on
Tibetan officials working in the Chinese administration to bring
back their children from India or loss their job.
Kai Diekmann, Yangzom Brauen (Actress),
Chompel Balok (ICT), Tseten S. Chhoekyapa
Mr. Kai Diekmann, editor in chief of the Bild – Germany’s
largest newspaper said that the situation of the Tibet is grave.
He also said that his newspaper stood against Communism and
Mr. Tseten S Chhoekyapa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s
Representative in Geneva said that the exhibition was launched
at a very significant moment in history – on the eve of Olympics
Games in Beijing. He expressed Tibetan people’s gratitude to Mr.
Comte and Mr. Diekmann for organizing the exhibition to raise
funds for education of Tibetan children and Tibetan Medical
Institute in Dharamsala.
Tseten S. Chhoekyapa, Representative
All the 80 photos were sold for Euro 1000 each. In early
February 2009, a similar exhibition will be organized in
Düsseldorf, Germany to raise money for Tibetan Medical & Astro.
Institute’s new academy near Dharamsala.