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Tibetan Unrest and the Drapchi Nuns 18 Mar 08
The Drapchi Nuns - photo by Dylan Walker
The 'singing nuns' of Drapchi Prison are reunited in London.

In 1993 a group of Tibetan nuns, in the notorious Drapchi prison in Lhasa, secretly recorded songs of freedom. Against all odds, the recordings were smuggled out of prison and the songs were heard by the outside world. The Drapchi 14, as they became known, were beaten for their actions and their sentences extended - by between five and nine years each. Last week, on the anniversary of a failed anti-Chinese uprising in 1959, a small group of Tibetan monks took to the streets of the capital city Lhasa - a demonstration which has developed into the biggest and most violent protest against communist rule in almost two decades. We hear from some of the former nuns, and from Robbie Barnett, Professor of Contemporary Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, New York.


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