Contributed by Farzana Rasheed
NATC went out to meet a a Nepalese cyclist, Furtemba Sherpa who has been cycling since 2003 to spread the message of peace and environmental protection. Liberia is his 100th country!
Haresh, Daniel, Emmanuel, Samuel, Nickson and myself went to the Nepalese Police Unit in Bushrod Island.
This is Furtemba's main message:
"My name is Furtemba Sherpa and I am from Nepal (land of Mt Everest, the highest peak of the world) which is nestled between India and China. Cycling is my foremost passion and I have been cycling around the world since 2003 advocating world peace and environmental protection by endorsing the goodness of cycling hoping people will be encouraged to travel on their bicycle instead of an automobile. I have travelled through 100 countries so far and witnessed great pain and sufferings amongst people due to war and oppression - families torn apart by their ideological differences. Insecurities have led people to distrust and lose harmony with each other. Throughout my journey, I carry Lord Buddha's peace flag from his birth place Lumbini, Nepal. I have come to the realisation that a healthy environment and a peaceful world are deeply linked to each other - we cannot have one without the other. I remind people I meet that all of us are world citizens transcending borders, gender, race, religion and that what happens in one part of the world affects the rest of us."