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For the Oppressed

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2019
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May 24, 2019

Whilst speaking out Messages at the U.N. Palais des Nations in Geneva we flew the Tibetan flag. United Nations is for ALL peoples - even the oppressed, the refugees and those with differing cultures and religions... Even those, like the Tibetans, whose hearts have had to ache unbearably for their occupied land for more than half a century..

Nearly 30 years ago I flew flags of all nations at this same place with the 'Climb For The World' team on our way to the Intercontinental Climb of the Eiger on behalf of the U.N. A movement which motivated thousands of people around the world to climb to both moral and physical higher ground. This was the brain-child of Edwin Drummond who died on 23/04/2019 at the age of 73. He was a pioneering mountaineer and poet.

In 1978 Edwin was the first to climb Nelson's Column in London to protest against apartheid in South Africa. In 1980 he scaled the Statue of Liberty in New York to shout for the freedom of Elmer Pratt, a black man framed for killiing a teacher. Then in 1992 together we hung on the SugarLoaf rockface in Rio for the 11 days of the U.N. Earth Summit with a large banner to raise international awareness for the street children who were being murdered there. This story is described in my book "Soft Courage" - see below

Today I honour Edwin who bravely highlighted and fought against oppression at great personal risk. Thank you Ed. You inspired me to help create a better world, to stand up for what I believe in, to take action, to write to fire up others...

In Memory...

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