18. Rinzing Dorjee

Name: Rinzin Dorjee (aka Rikpe)

Age: 19

Sex: Male

Profession: Former monk at Kirti Monrinzingdorjeeastery

Date of Self-immolation: Wednesday 8 February 2012

Location: No. 2 Primary School in Ngaba County, Amdo, Northeastern Tibet

Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Deceased 21 February His slogans: Not Known In the evening of 8 February 2012, Rinzin Dorjee self-immolated at a primary school in Ngaba County town. At the time he was swiftly taken away by the police he was believed to have been alive but “on the verge of death.” He was first taken to the Ngaba County Hospital and then to a hospital in Barkham (capital of Ngaba). On 21 February 2012 Rinzin Dorjee passed away. Two monks from the vicinity were also detained. Rinzin Dorjee came from a nomadic area of Meruma Township in Ngaba County. He left his monastery in 2010 and had been living with his family since then. The youngest of six children, Rinzin used to enjoy looking after the birds that lived around the monastery. One of his relatives, now living in India, said, “He was a humble and kind person, and a hard and persistent worker.”

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