Tibetan nun sets fire to herself in Kardze

Yeshi KandroA Tibetan nun in her forties called Yeshi Kandro set fire to herself on April 8 in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) and is believed to have died, according to Tibetan sources. She called for the long life of the Dalai Lama, for the Dalai Lama to be invited to Tibet, and for freedom for Tibet as she set herself alight, according to the same sources.

Yeshi Kandro (pictured), set herself on fire near the monastery and police station in the county town, which is in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, the Tibetan area of Kham. Police used fire extinguishers to douse the flames and took her away; Tibetan sources believe that she must have died given the intensity of the blaze.

Yeshi Kandro, from Nganggang nunnery, was known to be a serious meditation practitioner who cared very deeply about Tibetan issues. She may have participated in one of many peaceful protests in Kardze since 2008, according to the same sources. A picture of Yeshi Kandro, who was from Draggo (Chinese: Luhuo) in Kardze, shows her with a portrait of the Dalai Lama in the background. She is the second woman to set fire to herself this year[1] and the 138th Tibetan to set herself on fire in Tibet since the current wave of self-immolations began in 2009.[2]

Footnotes
[1] A woman in her late forties called Norchuk set fire to herself and died on the night of March 5, on the holy 15th day of the first Tibetan month (Choetrul Duchen). ICT report,
http://www.savetibet.org/self-immolation-and-protest-in-tibet-amid-intensified-security-in-buildup-to-march-10-anniversary

[2] ICT list: http://www.savetibet.org/resources/fact-sheets/self-immolations-by-tibetans/

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