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|5th anniversary of the Nangpa La killing
||Thursday, 29 September 2011 At 1:35:20 PM
|Tomorrow is the 5th anniversary of the 2006 Nangpa La killing.
On September 30, 2006, a group of Tibetan refugees were fired upon by Chinese border soldiers as they attempted to cross the Nangpa La, an alpine pass on the Tibet–Nepal border. One refugee was killed and another wounded. Every year, Tibetans flee the oppression they endure in Tibet, travelling on foot through the Himalaya during the colder months when there are normally fewer soldiers patrolling the border. The Nangpa La is an old trade route between Tibet and Nepal and it is also used as an escape route by refugees.
What makes the 2006 Nangpa La shootings unique is that they were witnessed by up to 100 Westerners at Advanced Base Camp on nearby Cho Oyu, and filmed by one Romanian climber. Although many people witnessed the shootings, the vast majority were not willing to speak up about what they had seen. Because of the actions of a few witnesses, the shootings came to the attention of governments and media worldwide.
The Nangpa La killing and surrounding events were barely reported by the New Zealand media, but in 2009, the (recently closed) NZ mountaineering website Mountainz.co.nz published this investigative report on the Nangpa La killing, the aftermath, and the New Zealand connections to the event....
(And here's a link to a short Sydney Morning Herald article from Oct. 2006 on the Nangpa La Killing: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/10/11/1160246179264.html )
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