Received an email from one of Kinabalu climbers, Mr. Mohd Redza. He sent me a photo of 2 young porters of Kinabalu with a very short story. Enjoy.
I have the opportunity to climb Mount Kinabalu on the 27/3/2010 with my friends.
It was an interesting and wonderful walk. But during my hiking up from Mesilau, I met with these two girls and one of them is a 12 year old and a 16 years old who happen to be the younger girl aunt.To my surprise they were there as a part time porter during weekends and schools holidays.It really hurt my heart to find out at so young age they have to carry heavy loads.( The 12 years old girl is carrying 6kg and the 16 yrs 15kg ).
And the saddest part is that the 12 year old is wearing her school shoes and part of her track pants torn.
I also met with the 12 year old girl grandfather who is 70 yrs old and carrying a load of 20kg.
It really hurts me especially when I met them again at Laban Rata after I came down from the summit,it was cold and a bit windy and the 12 yr old girl is in cold and I do not have extra clothing which is suitable for to wear.I went back inside the rest house to take my PDA so that I can take down their names but by the time I came out all three of them have gone.
Attached is a photograph of me and the 2 girls.Appreciate if u met them please take their names and address.