Tibetans have been engaged in a protracted non-violent struggle for freedom since China’s occupation of the region in 1949. On February 27 2009, their protests took on a new shape when a young monk lit himself on fire. Since then, more than 90 Tibetans from all walks of life have burned themselves in protest against cultural and religious repression. But beyond the numbers, Tibet’s self-immolators were also people - someone’s daughter, nephew, cousin. Through some of their friends and relatives, they are remembered and their extreme actions contextualized.