Tibetans in Exile (häftad)
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Tibetans in Exile (häftad)

Tibetans in Exile

The Dalai Lama & the Woodcocks

Häftad Engelska, 2009-12-10
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Alan Twigg has here recovered the amazing story of how George and Ingeborg Woodcock, while travelling in northern India in 1961, encountered many of the Tibetan refugees who had recently fled over the mountain passes. Appalled by the condition of the children -- huddled together with inadequate bedding, surviving on a diet of thin soup and steamed dumplings -- the Woodcocks vowed to help. Hearing of this, one of the children said, "You must absolutely come and see uncle." This was Khando Yapshi, the Dalai Lama's niece. Among the first Westerners to meet with the Dalai Lama, the Woodcocks offered to campaign to provide humanitarian assistance. This was the genesis for the Tibetan Refugee Aid Society (TRAS), one of two remarkable non-profit charities spearheaded by the Woodcocks -- the other being Canada India Village Aid (CI-17A) -- that have touched the lives of millions. Since 1962, TRAS has raised over $500,000 and undertaken 300 projects. Both of the Woodcocks' volunteer-based, low overhead organisations are still going strong today.
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Alan Twigg has written and published BC BookWorld, a cultural newspaper, since 1987. His seventeen books also include Cuba: A Concise History; Belize: A Concise History; 101 Top Historical Sites of Cuba; Intensive Care: A Memoir; Full-Time: A Soccer Story and Strong Voices: Conversations with 50 Canadian Writers. He has conceived and coordinated numerous literary prizes, and created and compiled a public service reference site, abcbookworld.com, to offer free information on more than 10,000 British Columbia authors. In 2000 he received the first annual Gray Campbell Award for outstanding contributions to the writing and publishing community of British Columbia. He has been the Shadbolt Fellow at Simon Fraser University and the first Writer in Residence at the George Price Center for Peace in Belize. He has also produced six films and a music CD for poet Bud Osborn. He makes his home in Vancouver.