|Ngawang Sangdrol, the Tibetan nun detained since 1992 in Drapchi prison,
is now serving the longest sentence of all the political prisoners in Tibet.
She was arrested for the first time when she was thirteen years old, for having defended the right of her people to freedom from the Communist occupation and oppression of her country.
Now, at the age of twenty-four, she has already experienced torture, beatings and solitary confinement in sector 3, the wing reserved for political prisoners.
She will not be released before 2013. Or later if the Chinese Communist authorities decide to further extend her sentence, as they have done already several times.
In a cassette which she managed to smuggle out of the prison, she and her fellow inmates sing:
For having sung, recorded, and smuggled out this song, she was sentenced to three extra years in prison.
In a letter of 15 August 1997, in response to her family who had asked
her not to create trouble for herself, she wrote:
For her courage and determination, she has been awarded the Prize of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC).
Ngawang Sangdrol now embodies the strength and the hope of the nonviolent
struggle for the freedom of the Tibetan people from the oppression of the
People's Republic of China.