MINNEAPOLIS (March 28, 2012) — The Tibetan community of Minnesota is mourning the death of 27 year-old Jamphel Yeshi who passed away Monday in New Delhi.
The Tibetan Youth Congress announced the death of Jamphel Yeshi, 27, who set his body on fire for the cause of Tibet in New Delhi. They consider Yeshi a of martyr. He is survived by his mother and four siblings, who are all in Tibet.
“Martyr Jamphel Yeshi set himself on fire today at around 12:30 p.m. on March 26, in an apparent protest against the continued Chinese occupation of Tibet in front of hundreds of Tibetans who had converged from all over India at Jantar Mantar to protest Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit,” said Tenzing Jigme, President of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Minnesota.
“Martyr Jamphel Yeshi had suffered 98 per cent burn injuries to his body. Doctors had given him zero percent of survival chance but Martyr Jamphel Yeshi’s heart fought against his body to survive the grueling pain.”
Born in Kham Tawu, Jamphel Yeshi escaped to India in 2006 and studied at the Tibetan Transit School in Dharamshala for nearly three and a half years. He had been living in Delhi for the last two years and has actively participated in many of the political activities organided by the Tibetan Youth Congress and related organizations.
Tibetans in Minnesota gathered at the Gyutoe Tantric Monastery in Minneapolis on Thursday evening to say prayers for Jamphel Yeshi.
“We are saddened by this news and we honor the sacrifice that Yeshi has made for our country”, says Jigme, event organizer of this prayers service.
In Tibet, since martyr Tapey’s self-immolation in 2009, another 30 Tibetans have set their bodies on fire demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom for Tibet. Pawo Jamphel Yeshi’s self-immolation marks a milestone in our freedom struggle where Tibetans inside and outside of Tibet stand ever united in our fights against the Chinese occupying forces.”
For more contact Tenzing Jigme of RTYC Minnesota at [email protected]