ICYMI – Defying the odds, from the peaks of Everest to protest frontlines
A series of world-records were broken at Mount Everest last week, including the first blind man from Asia to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak. After completing the 8,849 metre feat, 46-year-old Zhang Hong from China called out to people of all abilities to continue to challenge themselves. “Whether you have lost your eyesight or you have no legs or hands, it doesn’t matter as long as you have a strong mind.”
This inspiring message likely appealed to Ko Phyo, a young father in Myanmar who lost most of his leg during the violent suppression of anti-coup protests earlier this year. He told our team on the ground that concern for the future of his 2-year-old son drove him to join the protests. “We must keep fighting,” Phyo said. “We must win this revolution to bring justice for fallen souls.”
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Blind mountaineer from China reaches the top of Mount Everest
The 46-year old Chinese Zhang Hong has scaled the tallest peak in the world, becoming the first blind man in Asia and the third in the world to climb Mount Everest.
‘For fallen souls’ – A survivor says Myanmar fight must go on
Ko Phyo says he was wounded on the front lines of the protests in Myanmar. Now, he is adjusting to life as an amputee and single parent in a country in chaos.
Several killed at a railyard shooting in San Jose, California
A California transit employee killed nine co-workers before taking his own life on Wednesday, the latest in a spate of deadly U.S. mass shootings.