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Matthieu Alexandre – The Farce of the Lightning Men: From the photograph to the drawing


Large scar that splits his forehead, Ngodup, former warrior Khampa, has a mouth of comic strip, and his story is worthy of an adventure novel: guerrilla, himalaya, CIA … The Khampas are proud Tibetan horsemen who swear by their sabers and horses; nomads for centuries, they have never let themselves be subdued, even by Ghengis Khan. I met him in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2004. In 1959, it is nine years since the Chinese army is present in Tibet. Ngodup, with 60 other Khampas, then takes part in the most secret mission of the CIA: on the night of March 14, […]

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