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Researcher's call for climbers who have come into contact with Tibetan refugees in the Himalaya

January 17, 2009 - NY
Jan 15, 2009
( "Hi, my name is Pavle Kozjek, from Slovenia, and I just returned from Cho Oyu. I have some photos from 30.9.," reported an email to Explorersweb. The sender's images showed a nun shot dead before more than a hundred of climbers. The Nangpa La incident would close the 2006 season of world exploration - a moral shakedown of human values above new routes.
A BBC documentary has now aired about the Nangpa La events. At ExWeb we wish that credit had been given to Slovenian Pavle Kozjek (the first to send out pictures) and people such as Romanian Alex Gavan - the first to publish a dispatch about the event in his own name and later posting a video of the killings on Youtube. Instead, creds went to two Brits (it's BBC after all) and a Romanian TV station (who bought the video clip after the story hit world news, and removed it from YouTube).
That said, the movie is a great illustration of the almost unbeliavable indifference to human plight that took place on Cho Oyu in 2006. The issue is not yet over, either.
A researcher is now looking for stories about climbers who have come into contact with Tibetan refugees in the Himalaya. Here goes his call:
"Do you have a story about an encounter? Perhaps someone you have saved, something you witnessed which was shocking. If so, I'd like to talk to you. All replies are strictly confidential and anonymous."
Please email
On August 26, 2008, news arrived that Dejan Miskovic was trapped high up on Muztagh tower, where Slovenian Pavle Kozjek had died. On August 25, Dejan and Pavle had already completed the difficult part of the tower when at 6800 meters a cornice broke off and Pavle fell. Helicopters picked up Ales Cesen and two of his mates from K7 and dropped them at Muztagh BC to assist Dejan who however managed to down climb to lower altitude where Askari helicopters could pick him up.
Pavle's legacy was "climbing with humanity." He made the only new route on Cho Oyu in 2006, and one of the few reports about the murder. Pavle had mountains left to climb in China and Tibet, yet he never made his personal ambition stand in the way of doing what he thought was right.
Pavle's images of Tibetan refugees shot dead by border guards at Nangpa La and sent to ExWeb only 3 hours after our call stirred the world. China had denied the incident, so Pavle made international news and a nation of Tibetans expressed their gratitude. "My opinion is that climbing without humanity and ethics is not climbing any more — these two things are essential and they make climbing different," Pavle Kozjek told ExWeb.
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