By Tendar Tsering
Dhumpo Kyi joined by Tibetan supporters sits on a 48-hour fast in support of her son, Tsetan Dorjee's March to Tibet, in Dharamshala on May 17, 2012. (Phayul photo/Norbu Wangyal)
DHARAMSHALA, May 17: Tsetan Dorjee, the lone marcher in Nepal has resurfaced and had a brief telephonic conversation with Phayul this morning.
Dorjee, after calling his mother on Tuesday had been untraceable.
“For the past couple of days I have been trying to cover as much ground as possible walking for nearly 50 kms a day,” Dorjee said speaking exclusively to Phayul.
Carrying nothing but a small Tibetan flag, the lone marcher, without giving his exact location said that he has been facing a lot of difficulties.
“Since, I have no extra socks, shoes or clothes to change, now my feet has developed blisters and am unable to walk properly,” Dorjee said. “But my spirit is strong as ever.”
Slipping past Nepali border posts, the exiled Tibetan left behind his mother Dhumpo Kyi and sister Lhamo Kyi on the Indian side and has been carrying on with his March to Tibet in Nepal.
Earlier today, a group of Tibetans sat on a 48-hour fast along with Dhum Po Kyi in Dharamshala.
The mother and daughter duo reached the exile Tibetan headquarters this morning.
“I didn’t let my daughter join me because she is very sick and feeling dizzy,” Dhum Po Kyi said.
The 53-year old added that her health had also deteriorated after a scuffle with Nepali border police last week. She had to undergo medical treatment in the Indian border town of Gorakhpur.
Tsetan Dorjee along with his mother Dhumpo Kyi and sister Lhamo Kyi began their March to Tibet from Dharamshala, the seat of Central Tibetan Administration on March 10, coinciding with the 53rd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day.
After marching for over two months and covering more than 1300 kms, the trio were stopped by Nepali border police and forcibly returned to India.
Lhamo Kyi is now looking forward to rejoin her school at the Tibetan Children’s Village.