ཁོང་མོས་མི་ལོ་ ༢༧ རིང་རྒྱའི་བཙོན་ཁང་དུ་སྡུག་སྦྱོང་མནར་གཅོད་མྱངས་ཡོད་པ་རེད་འདུག
A true embodiment of unwavering resilience, a Tibetan Freedom fighter, and former political prisoner, Adhe Tapontsang (known as Ama Adhe) has passed away in Dharamsala at the age of 92. She was born in Nyarong in Kham Province to Dorjee Rabten and Sonam Dolma in 1928. Ama Adhe is known as one of the longest serving Tibetan political prisoners, having suffered 27 years in prison for taking part in the Tibetan resistance against the Chinese occupation in the late 1950s. In 1954, after her husband was poisoned, she joined the Tibetan resistance of the Khampas to fight the Chinese invasion. Ama Adhe inspired many women to supply provisions to Tibetans fighting on the frontlines. Ama Adhe was taken to a prison in Changshita, China where only 4 of 300 women survived inhumane conditions of starvation and torture. She described her torture in prison as “worse than hell.”
During her lifetime, Ama Adhe shared her story to educate millions of people around the world about the atrocities committed by the Chinese government against the Tibetan people. Even in her old age, she always took out time to meet and share her story to young members whom she called “torchbearers of the Tibetan struggle.” She has inspired hundreds of our members from across the world to take action for Tibet. Her contributions to the Tibetan people and to our country will be remembered by generations to come. May she be reborn in a Free Tibet.