Hi from China!

By Emmanuel Narokobi

So I’m working late right now and it’s 2.30am and lo and behold an email comes through from Copyright Activist and all round good guy, Oala Moi. Looks like he’s out in China and he sent me this pic and a media release. Nice one Bro!

I think they went climbing just this morning (China time I guess) at 10.39am according to the time stamp on the pic.

Two PNGns latest from country to scale Great Wall

Beijing, China – Wednesday 22 October 2008: Two men attending a seminar in Beijing China for the past two weeks are the latest Papua New Guineans to climb the Great Wall of China. Messrs. Oala Moi and Clement Irasua started the climb at 10 AM this morning local time making it to the top in an hour. Also in the ascent was a local guide, a seminar colleague from Vietnam, and Mr. Charlie Matapo Carlson the Director for Emergency Management Cook Islands.

Both Papua New Guineans are part of a group of thirty-seven participants from twenty-one countries attending the 2008 Seminar on Earthquake Disasters Emergency Response. Today’s educational trip by the seminar participants to the Great Wall is part of a two-week program which winds up this Friday.

Mr. Irasua was so exhilarated saying, “God is so good. I came here to learn from the Chinese experience in earthquake disasters and emergency response and got the chance to see the historical side of the country. You see I am fifty-two years old and cannot even imagine doing this in my life – not for a moment. I also thank the Government of the People’s Republic of China, Secretary Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs, Acting Director National Disaster Centre, and the East New Britain Provincial Administrator for facilitating my participation at the seminar.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Irasua said that Oala Moi of the PNG National Disaster Centre could be heard singing on the way down. “We found a souvenir stand selling medallions with the inscription I have climbed the Great Wall, and both Oala and I bought one each. In fact, he had his gold medallion engraved with the names of his two sons.”

The Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was enlisted in the World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 6,700 kilometers (4,163 miles ) from east to west of China.

With a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections of the great wall are now in ruins or even entirely disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.

The seminar ends with a closing ceremony on October 27 and both men are scheduled to return to the country on the 30th.


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