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Nomads on their motorbike (credit: Anthony Alvarez)
Nomads on their motorbike (credit: Anthony Alvarez)

Moving across the Tibetan plateau whilst raising yaks and other livestock has been a way of life in Tibet for centuries.

Since the early 1990s, China has sought to enforce its control on Tibet by destroying the nomadic way of life. It has moved more than two million Tibetan nomads from the land they have lived off for generations to barrack-like urban settlements. Torn from all they know, nomads face poverty, unemployment and social exclusion.

Tibetan nomads have protested resettlement programmes and also Chinese mining and damming projects which threaten their environment. Often they resist construction that threatens to damage sacred lakes and mountains.