Need something to read during Hurricane Sandy? Check out some of our latest reporting projects, like Sean Gallagher’s portrait series and story on the last Tibetan nomads. Best wishes to everyone in the path of the storm.
China’s new “Western Development Strategy” looks to the Tibetan Plateau as a source for natural resources, including gold. Citing ecological restoration of the grasslands, which have been drying due to climate change, China has encouraged, and in some cases, forced 100,000 Tibetan nomads into towns.
“I was forced to move here three years ago. Before, I was a nomad. I’m not happy with what has happened,” Dhakpa (name changed to protect his identity) said.
“Life is more convenient now, but I worry that Tibetan culture is disappearing,” another man said about life in town.
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