Scaling the walls of their prison

  • 1999-05-20
  • By Katya Cengel
Andrejs Vaza steps into the back of his sports equipment shop to announce the bad news: There is still snow on Mont Blanc and it is too dangerous to attempt to climb it before July. A short meeting is held, a decision made. The group of 20 Latvians decide there is no use in going back now on their plans and agree to climb on June 7, as intended. When the wisdom of this decision is questioned, leader Rihards Valands answers, "We don't have much to lose. This isn't America. The life for disabled people here is not good."Valands is the president of the Latvian Disabled Club. The group holds it...
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