Putting down some roots

Trip Start Sep 09, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Pawan's Guest house

Flag of India  , Himachal Pradesh,
Monday, September 28, 2009

Last night we took part in a candle light march for Tibetans. It was the 22nd anniversary of the first protest against China's invasion of Tibet. We started at the top of McLeod Ganj and walked down to the Dalai Lama's residence (although he's currently out of the country).

We were then showed a video which showed the situation in Burma. It was very very moving and I challenge anyone to watch it, not to feel a great sadness. The fact that the Burmese government beat up and tortured Buddhist monks and civilians simply for protesting is disgusting. What is more disgusting is that the rest of the world has stood back and done nothing about it. The same is happening in Zimbabwe and Tibet and Im sure in many other places. Those people that are willing to sacrifice their own safety for the good of others I think really are special people. I hope this entry sparks at least one person into reading more into the whole situation. Or even the history of Tibet and the horrible things the Chinese have done.

So I guess in our little way of trying to help at least a little, we've decided to volunteer here. Starting tomorrow we'll be helping to look after Tibetan kids at a creche to enable their mothers to go out and work/train to work. Its a two week thing so it will be tough work, but its also nice knowing we'll be here for a while so we dont need to pack our stuff up and travel anywhere (which is a pain in the arse).

Apparently there is a lot of nappy changing to do which I'm kinda dreading, although as we're doing the morning shifts, we've been told the babies only really pee. The pooing starts in the afternoon after lunch time and by that time we would have finished our stint.

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