Audio slideshow: Dalai Lama's flight into exile

On 17 March 1959, as Chinese troops crushed a Tibetan rebellion, a young Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, fled into India.

Despite 50 years in exile, the reach of Tibet's spiritual leader has extended far beyond his community and his unwavering commitment to non-violence has earned the world's respect.

Here, the story of his flight into exile is told through archive images and audio.

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Pictures copyright of Associated Press/AFP/Getty Images.
Slideshow by Phil Coomes. Publication date 17 March 2009

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