Teenage Tibetan girl self-immolates

Sunday, 12 February 2012
Tenzin Choeden

Tenzin Choedon, an 18-year-old, has become the latest Tibetan to set themselves on fire.

Tenzin, a nun from Dechen Chokorling Nunnery (also known as Mamae Nunnery), Ngaba Town, has died.

Tibetan protest

Tenzin was calling out slogans of protest against the Chinese government when she self-immolated.

Soldiers and police came immediately and took her away. Soldiers then surrounded the site and sealed it off. Nothing more is known of the situation there.

China's war

Tenzin is the second nun from this nunnery to self-immolate. Last year 20-year-old Tenzin Wangmo died after setting herself on fire.

The latest self-immolation took place just days after the Chinese leader of the Tibet Autonomous Region told Communist Party members to prepare for “a war against secessionist sabotage”.

More than 40 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest at the repressive Chinese occupation of their country. See the full list.