Tibet’s eleventh Panchen Lama, Gedun Choekyi Nyima, who was never seen since the age of 6 in 1995 may look like this. BBC’s The One Show on Tuesday has released the forensically constructed picture of the then 6 year old Tibetan spiritual leader, how he may look like today, at the age of 30, created by Tim Widden.
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.