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Reconstructing The 1950s

Memories of Jiuquan Prison Tenpa Soepa


In 1959, a group of mostly former official prisoners were sent to a prison in Jiuquan, Gansu Province. After three years in Jiuquan, only a handful of frail and worn-out prisoners were able to return back to Lhasa while the majority of them have died due to starvation and extreme hardship. Tenpa Soepa was one of those prisoners who were able to return to Tibet and he recounts the Tibetan prisoners’ collective stories of pain, endurance and suffering in one of the most notorious prison in China at the time.

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