Wow .. This was such a well done documentary. I lived in Nepal in 2006 and took a harrowing bus ride from Kathmandu almost to the Tibet border. As risky as it was, it pales in comparison to the Karnali Highway. Kudos to all involved in the making of this superb film.
This film runs nearly 22 minutes. Bookmark and save to watch if you don't have time right now. It's worth it if you're interested in learning about other cultures and life in the outback of Nepal.
"The Karnali Highway in northwest Nepal is the most dangerous stretch of road in the country. Cut out of the mountains, the 250 km road ascends 3,000 metres into the Himalayans. It's the sole lifeline supplying vital supplies to inhabitants of the poorest region of Nepal. We follow the fortunes of those who, willingly or not, have to use this 'impossible' road. Drivers, travellers and merchants, the highway remains the fastest, if not the safest, way to get around in this mountainous region." Source: youtube
I came by both of these videos from a newsletter about the brick kilns and donkey abuse/child labor. This video is a bit long for my liking, but it's clever and worth seeing -- at least some of it.
"Watch a historic flashmob by "concerned citizens" and residents of Kathmandu valley. Why "concerned"? Children as young as six can be found working full time in the brick factories around Kathmandu. Working in the brick factories exposes all workers especially children to irreparable health damage including acute respiratory infections, back injuries, lung cancers. Black carbon released by the chimneys is a mass killer and is highly toxic. It is estimated that air pollution results in 1600 premature deaths per year in Kathmandu alone. Every year 837'600 tons of carbon dyoxide are released by the Valley's brick kilns. Workers are exploited and animal abuse is prevalent. You can change this situation by using and promoting the use of clean and green bricks." More information here: www.brickclean.net
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