Nepal/Tibet – Himalaya on the Road

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In the heart of Langtang National Park – the oldest Nepal’s protected area in the Himalaya – the Chinese government is building an highway. When works will be completed, the Syaphrubesi-Rasuwagadhi road will be the main link between China and India. However, the new commercial road is not only devastating the Langtang ecosystem, but also risks to squeeze the fragile Nepalese economy between the two Asian giants. Langtang is populated mostly by Tamang people. This ethnical group, original from Tibet, settled here in the Sixties, when they were forced to leave their homeland due to Chinese occupation. Today, the Nepalese Maoist government, heavily influenced by China, is carrying out a policy of strict control over people living in the Langtang area, in order to identify any Tibet independence activist groups and eradicate them.

 

Chinese worker on a building site of the new highwayChinese worker knitting the new highway skeletonOld tamang leaning on his home's window ledge in Timure villageTamang people moving from Tibet to a wedding in Timure village crossing a building site of the new highwayThuman village people blessing the ground where a new house is to be erectedMother and son in their home in Briddim villageView from Gatlang village municipalityGatlang village peopleTamang children playing on the new highway dusty ground at Timure villageNepalese border officer at Rasuwaghadi borderKarma Tamang border passportNepal-China border at RasuwaghadiChinese highway workers at lunchNew highway building siteTamang woman and landslide in Bhote Koshi valleyBhote Koshi valleyOld tamang in Briddim villageTamang people at the Thulo Syaphru templeBuddhist temple at Nagthali villageKhollywood shooting in Gatlang villageNew highway building siteBhote Koshi valleyForest at Bhote Koshi valleyThuman villageA young weader in Thuman villageTamang children in Thuman villageA funeral ceremony in Thulo Syaphru villageOld tamang in Bhote Koshi valleyTamang peasants in Dalphedi villageTamang woman carring brushwood on the way to Tadapani village

Nel cuore del Parco nazionale del Langtang, la più antica area protetta sull’Himalaya nepalese, il governo cinese sta costruendo un’autostrada. Sarà il principale collegamento via terra tra India e Cina. L’area attraversata dalla nuova autostrada è popolata soprattutto da profughi di etnia tamang fuggiti dall’invasione cinese del Tibet. Su richiesta della Cina, il nuovo governo nepalese a maggioranza maoista si sta occupando d’individuare eventuali focolai della dissidenza indipendentista tibetana, ed estinguerli per sempre.

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