His Holiness: Refugees should ultimately return and help rebuild their countries
By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, June 2: Refugees should in due course return to their country to rebuild their homes, His Holiness said in an interview while lauding European countries for accepting refugees.
A human being who is a bit more fortunate has the duty to help others, His Holiness told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview.
Acknowledging the problems faced by the European nations as refugee crises deepens, the Tibetan Nobel laureate said, “When we look into the face of every single refugee, especially the children and women, we can feel their suffering. On the other hand, there are too many now. There are so many that in practice, it becomes difficult. Germany cannot become an Arab country, Germany is Germany.”
“The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries,” the Tibetan spiritual leader added, encouraging the refugees.
“I hope to return to Tibet one day, may be in a few years. If an opportunity for my return arises or at least, for a short visit. That would be a source of great joy,” the Tibetan leader who has spent more than six decades as refugees in India said.
Last year, apart from other European countries Germany accommodated 1.1 million refugees fleeing war and misery in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.