BBC To Unveil Image of How Panchen Lama Look Like Today

The premier news broadcasting company BBC is reported to published a short film which features the forensically constructed image of how Tibet’s Panchen Lama would look like today. Forensic image of the Tibetan spiritual leader under Chinese captivity would have a high level of congruence to his real look.

The Eleventh Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was born on 25 April 1989 in Lhari county, Tibet. On 14 May 1995 the 6 year old was publicly recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama, the second most revered religious leader in Tibetan Buddhism.

Soon after the reincarnation announcement, the Chinese authorities abducted the young boy along with rest of his family members and he has been never heard of since then. The Panchen Lama held captive by China is the youngest and one of the longest serving prisoners in the world.

Gedhun Choekyi Nyima has been missing ever since, and despite repeated requests from Tibetans and Tibet campaign groups, human rights organisations, governments and United Nations human rights agencies, the Chinese government has repeatedly refused to provide any credible information about his location or his well-being.

Tim Widden is a specialist in age progressions and facial reconstructions for missing and unidentified people. Tim has used techniques similar to those used  in any criminal or missing persons case to create the image of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima using a facial growth model. The forensic image will be unveiled BBC’s The One Show in the United Kingdom at 7pm on 24 April.

“No age progression is going to be a hundred percent accurate… however in terms of the proportions of the face, I’d expect there to be a good level of congruence between the age progression and what he looked like now,” Tim Widden said according to the report published in Modern Tokyo Times while adding that he has no political intentions in the project.

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