National Geographic : 1985 Feb
genocide. The Scientific Buddhist Association recently presented a report to the UN itemizing how, since the Chinese took control of Tibet in 1950, a million Tibetans have been killed, tens of thousands imprisoned and tortured, all but a handful of the 4,000 Buddhist monasteries em bodying Tibet's rich cultural heritage deliberate ly demolished, traditional ceremonies outlawed, and the Tibetan language progressively replaced by Chinese. Wong How-Man mentions none of these appalling facts. A. R. Houseman London, England The GEOGRAPHIC, in one of the first reports on Tibet in recent times (February1980), quoted the Dalai Lama's estimate that 87,000 Tibetans had been killed in 1959 and 113,000 more diedfrom laterstarvation,laborcamps, and CulturalRevo lution oppression. In July 1984 we published photographsdocumenting the destruction of the great Tibetan monastery ofXegar, either in 1959 or a decade later. Rio Azul I am indeed grateful to the National Geographic Society for putting so much interest in the ancient city of Rio Azul (Editor's column, August 1984). of jTj&A.