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Dharamsala: His Holiness offered his condolences and prayers to a group of students whose parents and relatives live in the earthquake affected area of Kyigudo, Eastern Tibet at his residence in Dharamsala on April 18th, 2010.
His Holiness meets with relatives of Kyigudo quake victims on 18 April 2010. Photo: Dalailama.com/Tenzin ChoejorDharamshala: His Holiness offered his condolences and prayers to a group of students whose parents and relatives live in the earthquake affected area of Kyigudo, Eastern Tibet at his residence in Dharamsala on April 18th, 2010.

His Holiness advised them not to lose hope, to keep up their courage, and to continue to study hard. There were around 40 students including 19 boys with their school staffs from Tibetan schools near Dharamshala.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 17 April has offered his condolences to victims of earthquake in the Tibetan plateau. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Kyigudo county, eastern Tibet, killing over 2000 people and injuring over 10,000 according to the most recent estimates.

Speaking at a press conference at the main Tibetan temple in Dharamshala, His Holiness said, "Actually, I also come from that area. So naturally very sad. The people, their living standards low, and education also quite backward. And then, last 50, 60 years, constant problems. The fear become their way of life. On top of that, this major disaster happened. So very, very sad."

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