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    Foreigner Mountaineers

    • Lohi Bher Safari Park in a shambles

      RAWALPINDI (AwesomePakistan): Officials at the Lohi Bher Safari Park have taken the unprecedented step of caging up the lions for fear they may become a victim to rampant land grab.

      The wildlife and safari park had been set up 25 years ago in the twin cities. Conceived in 1988 and opened in 1992, the park boasted massive enclosures sprawling over 1,050 acres of forest land. But over the years, the park has fallen into disrepair. Moreover, there was a free-for-all over the park’s land, which has seen its estate shrink to just 450 acres.

    • Ralf Dujmovits (born 5 December 1961 (age 55)) is a German mountaineer. In May 2009 he became the 16th person, and the first German, to climb the 14 eight-thousanders.

      Dujmovits was born in 1961 in Bühl, Baden-Württemberg. After completing his Abitur (final school exams) in 1981 he spent a year traveling around South America and climbing in the Andes before commencing his degree in medicine at the University of Heidelberg. He left the university after eight semesters and in 1985 began his training to become a certified mountain guide instead.

      Dujmovits' mountaineering career began with the German Alpine Club, where he worked as a guide and led clients on international expeditions including highest mountains on six of the seven continents.  He also climbed extensively in the Alps, with and without clients, making successful ascents of the

    • THE BIOGRAPHY OF A DREAMER
      "I am a dreamer in love with the mountains"

      Born in Bolzano in 1986, daughter of a well-known Italian ski-mountaineer, she has lived all her life among the mountains. Maybe it is for this reason that inevitably the mountains had such a strong influence in her life, so much so that it became her passion. In 2014 she reached the summit of K2 and became the second Italian woman to do so in the history of alpinism.

      "Each moment I spend in the mountains helps me to be increasingly aware of who I am as well as being more grateful towards life."

    • UNESCO’s Endangered Languages Project has declared Wakhi a vulnerable language. According to one estimate, only 40,000 native speakers of this language are left in the world. Out of these, roughly 10,000 reside in the Hunza Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan Province, Pakistan.

      In 2016, USAID, through its U.S. Ambassador’s Fund, awarded a one-year grant to the Gulmit Educational and Social Welfare Society, a civil society organization based in Hunza, for the preservation of the near-extinct Wakhi language and culture by teaching music, arranging concerts, and documenting folk songs.

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