Gyumey Dorje, a 33-year-old Khampa Tibetan township leader in Dawu County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of middle China's Sichuan Province, died of cerebral hemorrhage last May.
Almost one year has passed, the people he worked for and with are still recovering from the loss of a great down-to-earth grass-root leader.
Gyumey Dorje was born in Ge Village of Dawu County in Sichuan's Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in May of 1979. He became a township civil servant in Dawu County half year after graduating from the Sichuan provincial Tibetan college in April 2001. Then he embarked on a cause of building up people's livelihood in Dawu County. After 11 years hard work as a grass-root leader for the local people, he passed away on May 19, 2012
His death remains a heart-wrenching loss for the people including the villagers, herdsmen, his colleagues, friends and families.
During the 11 years, he had served for three townships in Dawu County's Zhatuo Township, Lungden Township and Wari Twonship, covering 1080 families in remote rural mountain villages and pastoral lands.
People get sentimental while recalling his efforts in fighting against the remoteness and poverty of the hilly rural conditions to get financial and material supplies to construct village roads, agricultural irrigation channels and solar power water heaters, and his steadfast resolution and contribution to persuade the distant rural villagers to send their children to school with the hope of getting rid of the contemporary hardship and poverty of the older generation.
He was diagnosed with hypertension when he was fulfilling the duty as head of Lungden Township in 2008. Doctors advised him to take regular break and follow a regular life pattern, especially during work in places of high altitude as Lungden Township, which is at 4000m elevation.
But, as many other Chinese grass-root leaders, he always worked so hard and so late to get things done for the people that he often forgot to take a rest or his medicine on time.
On May 18, 2012, one day before his death, he worked until midnight after making sure that the technicians would come to install the solar power water heaters for his township primary school the next day in Dawu County town. Before that, he was doing routine village visits at the Lu Village in Wari Township some 18km away from the county town until 8 pm. The Lu villagers asked him to stay for supper. However, Gyumey Dorje was hurrying to get in contact with the technicians who were said to have arrived in the town, and would not wait a second to meet them.
He took his cousin's jeep to get to the town. When he finished his work there, it was already midnight. He would not wake up the gatekeeper in the county town's fast-dorm provided especially for grass-root leaders, but asked his cousin, Tashi Dorje who was also the driver and owner of the jeep, to sleep in the jeep so that the next day they could go back early without making any trouble for the gatekeeper. But, the next morning, his cousin only found his cold body on the back seat.
That was the last picture Gyumey Dorje left in this world.
He was a Khampa Tibetan young man. He shared equal rights and duties with his colleagues of the Han, Qiang, and Mongolian ethnicities. He was a grass-root leader. Yet, his death highlighted millions other grass-root leaders across China, contributing their utmost efforts to make people's life easier and better.
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