Two more Tibetans self-immolate, bringing total to 80

Tadin Kyab

Two more young Tibetan men are dead after self-immolating on Thursday, bringing the total number of Tibetans to self-immolate since 2009 to at least 80. Tadin Kyab, 23, self-immolated in the town of Luchu, in eastern Tibet, on Thursday evening.

The Central Tibet Administration reports that someone who knew Tadin said he had talked about self-immolation in the past, and said “there is no worth living if His Holiness the Dalai Lama is not allowed to return to his homeland.” Tadin, a former monk at Shitsang monastery, is survived by his mother and two brothers.

Hours earlier, Lubum Gyal, 18, set himself on fire in the town of Dowa, in the Rebkong region of Tibet. He is survived by his father, Tsego, the Central Tibet Administration reports.

At least 18 Tibetans have self-immolated this month alone. Click here for all of Buddhadharma News‘ coverage of the protests.