In 1973, seven (strong, lithe) young men gathered in the (then) idyllic Himalayan community of Pokhara before setting out to serve as Peace Corps volunteers in a series of remote villages accessible only on foot.
Now, exactly 50 years later, these seven – including an architect, an accountant, an attorney, a couple of engineers, a spy and a newspaper columnist of some Oregon renown - reunite (for the first time!) in the shadow (once again) of a range of majestic mountains, here to reflect, reminisce, and raise questions.
We could send weaponry, we could send food, we could send soldiers, we could send spies, but rarely did we think about sending human beings to work with, and to help, fellow human beings.”
Harry Belafonte, Cultural Ambassador to the Peace Corps. “American volunteers overseas are fantasies of racial domination and condescension. The White-Savior Industrial Complex is not about justice. It is about having a big emotional experience that validates privilege.”