Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Sherpas Gather to Honor Everest Victims
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Members of New York's Sherpa community gathered at the United Sherpa Association in Elmhurst, Queens on Sunday to pray for the victims of the tragic avalanche on Mt. Everest, in which 16 guides were killed on April 18. They also raised funds for the victims' families.
Ang Tsering Sherpa was one of the attendees and said the 40,000 rupees the Nepali government initially offered to families of the victims — about $400 — was an insult.
"If you go there you can buy a yak which carries loads is more than 40,000," he said, "so we feel like we're de-valuated less than those."
Many Sherpa guides in Nepal have threatened to boycott the remainder of the climbing season.
After the ceremony, another attendee, Sonam Sherpa, read from an article about Sherpa guides, "The Disposable Man."
Photos of some of the Sherpa victims of the April 18 avalanche on Mt. Everest. (Arun Venugopal/WNYC)