The Panchen Lama, one of the most revered individuals in Tibetan Buddhism, has been missing since 1995. Shortly after his sixth birthday he was abducted, along with the rest of his family. There has been no trace of him since then, with Beijing refusing to disclose information about his location or well-being.
He has been missing for 24 years...
Lost Lama | Where is the Panchen Lama - BBC The One Show
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The location of the Panchen Lama is one of China’s most tightly-guarded secrets, one that they refuse to share. Despite Beijing’s claims that he is safe and does not want to be disturbed, Tibetans continue to demand to know where he is. Even after China appointed their own, pro-Chinese Panchen Lama, Tibetans have never forgotten Gedhun Choekyi Nyima.
You can learn more about the circumstances of the Panchen Lama's abduction on this page.
“No age progression is going to be a hundred percent accurate… however in terms of the proportions of the face, I’d expect there to be a good level of congruence between the age progression and what he looked like now,” the forensic artist, Tim Widden told Free Tibet.
The Tibetan community hope the image will spark renewed interest in his case and put pressure on China who are believed to have abducted him.
Now we need to use the image to take action to help free Gedhun Choekyi Niyma, Tibet's Panchen Lama.
Urge the EU and UK to use their powers to push for the immediate release of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family.