April 17th, 2010
07:36 AM ET

Dalai Lama wants to visit China quake region

The Dalai Lama said Saturday he'd like to visit China to pray with people injured in the earthquake that struck in the province where he was born.

The Dalai Lama, who in 1959 went into exile in India after an aborted Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule, had expressed a wish to visit victims of the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan that killed about 70,000 people. But he was not allowed to visit China then.

"This time the location of the earthquake lies in Qinghai Province, which happens to be where both the late Panchen Lama and I were born," the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said in a statement on his web site.

"To fulfill the wishes of many of the people there, I am eager to go there myself to offer them comfort."

The death toll from Wednesday's magnitude 6.9 earthquake rose to 1,484 people, officials said late Saturday.

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  1. t.tenzin

    I think, Some people still did not get it. What and how important the Dalai lama to the Tibetan people. His is the repected spiritual leader of all Tibetans. No matter what China does to Tibetans. They are not fullfil because they don't have religions freedom and human right under China. All Human being needs freedom of speech and freedom of religions. Right now in Qinghai has earthquake and most of victims request the Chinese leader allow the Dalai Lama to Yushu to pray and express his feeling to them. If Chinese leader have more open minded and compassionate enough to allow him to visit his own birth place. Then show it to the world. We all watching China.
    Dalai Lama won more awards than any one in the world, Nobel Peace Price. That tells his kindness and man of peace.
    Let us all together pray for the victims instead of writing against other human beings.
    Peace and Love!!!!!!

    April 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
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