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Photos: Tibetans in Sichuan

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Construction site in Sichuan on the Tibetan plateau, China, Aug. 19, 2011.

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Janek Zdzarski

SICHUAN, Tibetan plateau, China — Though not part of China's officially designated Tibet Autonomous Region, Sichuan is an ethnically Tibetan part of the country.

Most of the nearly two dozens Tibetan monks and nuns who have self-immolated since February 2009 were located in Sichuan.

The town of Ngaba, located in Sichuan, has seen 13 of 21 confirmed self-immolations in the last year alone. Most of the monks and nuns who lit themselves on fire died.

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    Buddhist monks pilgrimage to Lhasa on a remote Sichuan road on the Tibetan plateau in China, Aug. 19, 2011.

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    Janek Zdzarski

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    Buddhist monks pilgrimage to Lhasa on a remote Sichuan road on the Tibetan plateau in China, Aug. 19, 2011.

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    Janek Zdzarski

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    Remote Sichuan village on the Tibetan plateau in China, Aug. 19, 2011.

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    Janek Zdzarski

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    Construction site in Sichuan on the Tibetan plateau, China, Aug. 19, 2011.

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    Janek Zdzarski

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    Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags wave by the river, Tibetan plateau, China, Aug. 19, 2011.

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    Janek Zdzarski

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    Forbidden picture of the Dalai Lama on display in a remote house in Sichuan, Tibetan plateau, China, Aug. 19, 2011.

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    Janek Zdzarski

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    A Tibetan woman carries a necklace with the outlawed picture of the Dalai Lama in it, Tibetan plateau, China, Aug. 20, 2011.

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    Janek Zdzarski

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    Sichuan, Tibetan plateau, China, Aug. 21, 2011.

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    Janek Zdzarski

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    A mountain creek in Sichuan, Tibetan plateau, China, Aug. 22, 2011.

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    Janek Zdzarski

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    Small Tibetan village in a remote area of Qinghai province on the Tibetan plateau in China, Aug. 23, 2011.

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    Janek Zdzarski