Neykyab, believed to be in his forties or fifties self immolated on April 15, 2015. He also happens to be the brother-in-law of another Tibetan from Ngaba, Dargye, who  set fire to himself in Lhasa on May 27, 2012.[1]

At the site of his self-immolation, near his home in a village in Ngaba county, Neykyab displayed a photo of the Dalai Lama and the Tenth Panchen Lama[2] with offerings of butter-lamps and flowers, as well as a family photograph. An image of the makeshift shrine circulated among Tibetans on social media.

A local source from Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan (the Tibetan area of Amdo) was quoted as saying “He was protesting against Chinese policies in Tibet. His body was taken away by police.” Another source added “He had received [religious] recognition for his vow not to harm others in personal disputes—a vow that he took in honor of all those who have sacrificed themselves in self-immolation protests for the cause of Tibetan freedom” 

Neykyab’s self-immolation occurred just a week after a Tibetan nun in her forties called Yeshi Kandro set fire to herself on April 8 in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi), Sichuan. He is the 139th Tibetan to set himself on fire in Tibet since the current wave of self-immolations began in 2009.


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