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Everest's Sherpas Are Right To Revolt


World  (tags: Mt. Everest tragedy, Sherpas, human rights, culture, death, income, money, politics, corruption, freedoms, world )

Carrie
- 120 days ago - thedailybeast.com
The death of 16 Sherpas last week on Everest--the biggest single loss of life in the mountain's history--has led to a threatened strike. Why, the Sherpas demand, should they risk their lives, while being excluded from the income generated by the rich,...



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GGmaSheila D. (152)
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 4:39 pm
About time...they should also get compensation for families should they die up there. Also all medical should be paid for each guide and each trip. They do all the work and get none of the glory...or money.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 7:13 pm
The Sherpas deserve better. I agree with GGmaShelia!
Thank You Carrie.
 

David Gee (16)
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 11:52 pm
The Sherpas seem to get little in the way of reward for shouldering the burdens of others.
If injured, or worse, they get even less in health care and their families should be looked after, especially if a Sherpa loses their life.
 

Jordan G. (27)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 3:30 am
About time, too.
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 4:06 am
The Sherpa strike might shake up the whole world.
 

Winn Adams (191)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 6:45 am
I hope the Sherpa's strike until ALL their demands are met. They shouldn't have to but these climbers care not one bit for the Sherpa's lives, only their own glory.
 

Dimitris Dallis (2)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 8:59 am
Only the bloody Greeks don't revolt...
 

Lona Goudswaard (68)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 9:06 am
Some climbers treat them like slaves, but without the Sherpas no climber would ever reach the top - or come down in one piece for that matter - and the Sherpas finally realise in what a powerful position they have worked themselves into. It is very sad that it took so many dead and injured before they realised the had a good bargaining position. They are bargaining for both their livelihoods and improvement of life for their community so I hope they reach their goal.
In Europe their story has already found many a friendly ear.
 

Janis K. (97)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 11:38 am
They should get their demands and more!
 

Barry B. (20)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 1:03 pm
They have not only a right but an obligation to revolt against de facto slavery by rich foreigners who only want to brag about their glorious "accomplishments," achieved on the backs of someone with whom they ordinarily wouldn't share a cup of coffee.
 

AlexAWAY Genovia (44)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 8:21 pm
"Why, the Sherpas demand, should they risk their lives, while being excluded from the income generated by the rich, inexperienced climbers they look after?"

“What is economics? A science invented by the upper class in order to acquire the fruits of the labor of the underclass.” 
August Strindberg, 1884"

Why indeed. Thanks Carrie.
 

Peta Clarke (24)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 8:48 pm
Noted and thank you Carrie. My daughter has been to Nepal about three times and done some of the climbs. She is an Australian when they started my daughter told the Sherpa's she would carry her own pack and set up her own tent etc they were very impressed. Every night she was asked to eat with them out of respect. They were a wonderful group of men and she learnt so much about their life and families. This is so sad about the loss of these wonderful men.
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 12:50 am
They should revolt since they are not always treated well and are more times taken for granted and viewwed as less than human. Thanks Carrie.
 

John S. (300)
Friday April 25, 2014, 5:41 am
It seems to me they should get all the credit since those to have claimed Everest did so only because of the Sherpa's.
 

Carrie B. (309)
Friday April 25, 2014, 12:52 pm
I agree John. The Sherpas go ahead and do all the work ~ then the "climbers" follow and claim accolades for their climb. Very hypocritical.
 
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