Urgent Appeal to Support for Tibetan Nomadic Refugees in Ladakh.

March 11, 2019

Tibetan Medicare System (TMS)
Chief representative from Ladakh at the site.

Sonamling Tibetan Settlement, Ladakh situated in the State of Jammu & Kashmir is one of the 45 Tibetan settlements in exile under the direct supervision of the Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration. It has a population of 7,546 of which 2,350 live in nomadic areas close to the Tibetan border. The majority of them lead a subsistence nomadic life by rearing domestic animals such as sheep, goats and yaks. Due to harsh weather during winter and the area being a cold desert with very poor availability of pastures for the most part of the year, rearing animals for a decent living is always difficult for these people.

During heavy snowfall in the winter months, the nomads face a lot of difficulties in finding pastures for their animals and more often than not they have to source fodders from outside to save their animals from death and starvation.

This winter has been particularly long and harsh in the Ladakh region and recently, there was particularly heavy snowfall in the nomadic areas of Ladakh. According to reports received from the Chief Representative Officer, Ladakh, he personally visited some of the affected areas such as Sumdo and Samed and found the situation very dire with a large number of dead and dying animals due to lack of fodders and extreme weather. He also reported that many of the nomadic areas are inaccessible due to heavy snowfall and reports from these areas are no better than the areas that the Representative managed to visit.

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Carcasses of animals killed by heavy snowfall in Samed.

On getting the report from the Chief Representative, the Department of Home initially released a sum of INR 5,00,000.00 (Rupees Five hundred thousand) as an emergency fund for immediate relief of the people affected by the calamity. Since the situation is not getting any better and there are nine Tibetan inhabited nomadic areas facing similar situation, we are in need of urgent financial support to distribute fodders to the Tibetan nomads for a longer period of time and also to help them buy animals to replace losses suffered by them.

I therefore urgently request all the donors, Tibet supporters and animal lovers across the world to donate funds to save our Tibetan people in the nomadic areas of Ladakh. The donation fund may be wired to the following bank account of the Department of Home (DoH) and with intimation on the amount transferred and the transferee’s name or organization. Inquiry on the above matter and matters related to funding transfer may be sent to the Secretary, DoH at homesecretary@tibet.net. (Appeal Letter from Department of Home, CTA)

Wangdu Tsering (Mr.) Dated: 11 March, 2019

Donations from India Donations from Abroad
Bank Account Details: Bank Account Details:
Central Tibetan Relief Committee Central Tibetan Relief Committee
Local SBI Account No. 105510953-99 FC Account No. 105510953-22
State Bank of India, Kotwali Bazar State Bank of India, Kotwali Bazar
Dharamsala-176215, H.P. India Dharamsala-176215, H.P. India
Bank Code: 0634, Bank Code: 0634,
Bank IFSC Code: SBIN0000634 Bank Swift Code: SBININBB277

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