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Washington D.C. — Members of the Tibetan Youth Conference, Washington DC chapter brought the plight of the Panchen Lama before the White House on his 27th Birthday.

There are about 300 Tibetans in exile living in the Washington DC metro area. Karma, who fled western Tibet for India when he was about 6 years old has been involved in bringing Tibetan awareness before the White House for 19 years .

When in India, he was involved in the Tibetan Youth Congress and later the Charter for Tibetans in Exile. He was one of the first who was exposed to multi-lingual needs.

Karma said, "hopes that the children who are made aware of the Issues surrounding the Tibetan people will be in a place to use their influence to stand up for Tibet in the future.

Karma hopes that he can return to Tibet during this lifetime.