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Kilimanjaro climb 50th anniversary video: text alternative

A very old-looking film clip plays. It starts with a shot of a mountain and the title that appears reads: Blind climbers of Kilimanjaro.

Footage shows a man abseiling down a rock face, and a young man receiving training on using a rope. It then cuts to a training facility where a series of smiling young men stand in a line, a staff member shows them how to use radio equipment, and they hoist rucksacks on to their backs.

The location changes to show the young men starting their hike through rugged grasslands, then walking on a plain with the snow-capped mountain in the background.

The young men start on a steeper section of the climb over a rocky landscape, then the film cuts to show the men reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, and sitting down to rest (all are wearing long overalls, gloves, hats and goggles, and many hold walking sticks).

The voice speaking over all this footage says: In 1969, supported by Sightsavers, a group of visually impaired young people from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania set out to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, to challenge perceptions of people with visual impairment and to encourage blind children to go to school.

When they reached the summit, the climbers sent a message to the world: “This is a moment of glory… We have met fear, and we have conquered it.”