Former Tibetan opposition fighter Ama Adhe, that spent over a quarter century as a political prisoner for her role in fighting Chinese offenses in southern Tibet has expired in Dharamsala, India, in the time of age 88, Tibetan sources state.
Born Adhe Tapontsang at 1932 at Nyagrong, a Tibetan-populated county in western China’s Sichuan province, Ama Adhe–that the title Adhe signifies”Mother”–played a fundamental role in organizing resistance to Communist China’s invasion of separate Tibet from the late 1950s.
Captured from the Oriental in 1958, she spent the following 27 years in prison, enduring torture, forced labour, along with continuous hunger, before eventually being published in 1985 and afterwards escaping into exile in India.
Speaking in an interview with RFA’s Tibetan Service at 2017, Ama Adhe remembered the events that led to her participation in the resistance from the Chinese invasion at the historic Kham area of eastern Tibet:
“About April 28, 1950, the Chinese invasion started, and from this day onwards my entire life turned upside down,” she explained.
“In 1956, once the Chinese started [to tighten their control] under the guise of introducing’democratic reforms’ within my own hometown of Kardze, my husband died unexpectedly, so I combined the Tibetan resistance of the Khampas to assist Tibetan men struggle the Chinese army.”
About Oct. 16, 1958, Ama Adhe was detained by the Chinese to participate in the immunity and also for having encouraged other women to join and also furnish boxers with food and other provisions,” she explained.
“There were approximately 300 women offenders with me in the moment, and the majority of them died later of starvation. I had been just 27 years old. It was agony –both emotionally and emotionally,” she added.
Escape into India
whenever the situation started to unwind in Tibet in 1979, Ama Adhe employed for parole, she explained.
“And 1985 I was eventually able to come back to my hometown to satisfy my loved ones, and that I watched my daughter for the very first time in 27 years. She had been just a month or two old when I had been imprisoned, and that I could not recognize her.”
A boy had died.
“Back in 1987, I stumbled into exile in India, along with also my fantasy of assembly [exiled spiritual leader] that the Dalai Lama came true,” she explained.
2 decades after, Ama Adhe traveled into the U.S. and Germany, in which she talked openly about Chinese atrocities in Tibet and told tales of her life under China’s rule.
Her autobiography, Ama Adhe: The Voice That Remembers: The Heroic Story of a Woman’s Fight to Free Tibet, was co-written with Joy Blakeslee and has been printed 1997.
Reported by RFA’s Tibetan Service. Translated by Tenzin Dickyi. Written in English from Richard Finney.