The day the Dalai Lama began an exile in India – level 1


In March 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama leaves his home in Tibet. He wants to go to India because it is not safe for him in Tibet.

During the journey to India, the Dalai Lama wears a uniform of a Chinese soldier. He wants to hide his identity.

His brother and a small group of friends travel with him. The Dalai Lama carries only a few things with him.

The weather is terrible. There are big snowstorms and strong winds. They often travel at night.

The Dalai Lama and his friends arrive in India on March 31. The Indian government gives them asylum.

Difficult words: identity (who you are), carry (to hold on your body), asylum (protection from another country).

What sacrifices did the Dalai Lama and his friends make in order to arrive safely in India?


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