terça-feira, 15 de setembro de 2009
To: ninabuchmann; fbuchmann
Dear Nina and Fatima
I have just recieved your email via Joao Tajara. Firstly I would like you to know how concerned we were when we first heard of Gabriels disappearance and of course how hurt we were when we learned of his death.
We met Gabriel in Nepal whilst trekking in Nepal on the Annapurna circuit and pretty much saw each other eveyday until we finally got over the pass of 5416m. He loved the whole thing and was completely in his element. I remember when were coming down the other side, he was running down like a big kid because he loved the snow so much. Gabriel was always pushing that little harder to go that bit higher or finish that little quicker.
Me, my girlfreind Tamar and her sister Rotem spent nights talking together and reliving the days trekking and mulling over life in general. We were so looking forward to him coming to England aswell.
We will miss the charasmatic Gabriel Buchmann. God bless
We are so sorry for your loss
sexta-feira, 11 de setembro de 2009
Re: On behalf of Gabriel Buchmann IMPORTANT
Hello Nina and Fatima,
Thank you for your letter and for the tragic news about Gabriel. I am so
sorry for your loss! I am so sorry that Gabriel is no longer with you,
with us and with the world. Its difficult to express my feelings since
english is not my mother tongue.
My name is Gunilla, I live in Sweden.
I met Gabriel at Kibbutz Gaaton about 11 years ago.
I remember the first time I saw him coming into the room where we all volunteers had our meals.
I saw at once that he was a kind and interesting person and so he turned out to be.
What is written in the blog about Gabriel, that he was paying full attention is so true.
Sometimes I almost felt it scary in a way, getting all that attention. I have never met anyone being more entire.
I was quite lonely at the kibbutz, but then came Gabriel and I had a true friend. I remember that when he left the kibbutz he had a book and he wanted people to write in it. I think I only wrote something like this: "a friend is someone who knows everything about you and still likes you".
I remember Gabriel asked if I was not going to write anything more but for me that said everything I felt.
He was something extra, something that could not be written down even in a novel.
Last june, 2008, I was about to meet Gabriel in Germany and also meet another girl that we met on the kibbutz. But personal things in my life made me cancell that trip and I feel sad and guilty now for not gooing.
I do wish it was possible to be able to turn back time. I guess I thought I will meet him another time in the future when I feel better. But from this I can maybe learn that there is only now and the future is something we never know anything about.
I will try to live more in the present. Just like Gabriel.
Even though me and Gabriel havent had a lot of contact during these years I have
a big sadness in me when I think of his death.
I understand what an amazing guy he was for his nearest but also for everyone he met and for the world.
In Sweden we have a say that "the one god loves the most he>takes first".
Maybe it was like this with Gabriel.
I will finish this letter now. My thoughts is with you .
Lots of love
sexta-feira, 4 de setembro de 2009
My name is Tamar and my boyfriend and sister met Gabriel in Nepal, doing the Annapurna trek.
I would firslty like to give you my sincerest condolenses for the loss of your brother. Words cannot express how truley sorry i am for his loss. We found him to be a very generous, entertaining and gentle person who made our time on the trek a lot more enjoyable.
We all remember the day we climbed the high pass 5416m. Gabriel started later then us and it had been snowing all night. We were already down most of the way and when we looked up there was Gabriel sliding and jumping through the snow like a child, he was so excited. He flew past us and went flying over a stone falling in the snow, he got up laughing face covered in snow and carried on running to catch up with Joao. We could not stop laughing he was so excited like a child and he had his big coat on with the brasil hat, he was so happy. Later that day we met up with him and Joao for dinner and Gabriel expresed what a fantastic day he had had and how he had never seen snow like that before.
I know this year he made many friends, which i hope we were included in that. He made our experience more enjoyable and memorable and i know he was having the best time of his life.
It is a real tragedy that he is not still with us, but please take comfort in the fact that while travelling he was truelly adored and loved and we will definitly remember him always. when we get home if we have any pictures of him from our trek we would like to forward them to you if that is ok.
Tamar, Rotem and Will x
sexta-feira, 21 de agosto de 2009
"To thank means to demonstrate gratitude, word that comes from the Latin gratus. This means feeling pleased or delighted. I want to say that never in my life I understood and lived that feeling so deeply. On one hand it seems absurd, because I am passing through the deepest pain I have ever suffered: to lost a great love. But actually I didn't lose him, we didn't lose him. Who knew Gabriel, who exchanged moments with him and who heard his history after the tragic ending of the accomplishment of his dream actually won a lot. We won the opportunity to know his young and charitable spirit, his will of improving the world, his hunger for knowledge, his love to the neighbor. We won the sensation of being the most interesting person in the actual moment, here and now, because Gabriel paralyzed the time and the external atmosphere when he talked with somebody, paying total attention. In fact, he was the best example of "being entire", defined by the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. Besides, his character was very uprightly.
Gabriel was always being fascinated, as a child that sees things for the very first time. This characteristic was one of my favorites. And, while he was getting enchanted by the colors, the nature and the human beings, he enchanted we all, showing how beautiful it is the world. He was also a flowing human being, a chameleon. For him it was not enough to observe, he needed to participate. He wanted to know how is the work is of each person, witnessing to the maximum the division of the work, as we studied in economy: weeding the earth, darning a rug, driving trucks, writing articles about education. He needed to feel in the skin the temperature of the water, to see a view from the top of the mountains or trees, to dress the colorful clothes of different people, to dance all rhythms.
He went to a trip around the world in search of wisdom, the most important one, which brings the answers for the internal doubts and pulses. Answers that were revealed while he was among different realities of nations, he saw the poverty under several angles and also the wealth of the human soul.
My dear Gab was beautiful. Of pure soul, of true eyes. And he will be forever in our hearts. As I said in the wake, I learned with him the plenitude of love and to like my own self. I feel fully thankful to the life and God for my love for him, and also for having accepted his defects. I loved his essence, I understood the truth on my own side, the illusion I built about who he was, such as we do with everybody we meet. And when my illusion was over, I was unhesitatingly still on his side, loving him even more, although it seems contradictory.
I feel thankful for the wave of love and solidarity that rose during Gabriel's search. I feel equally thankful for all people involved in that history. I am happy for each lovely word, each affectionate glance, each noble gesture. In this hard period of searches, the people showed their more beautiful side. I thank the commotion of each Brazilian and of each foreigner person. I thank the donations and everybody that worked in the searches. Thank you media press for giving the opportunity to spread his ideals and to increase the praying chain. And that wonderful chain! I will never forget the pledge and dedication of the Malawian, Canadian, Argentinean, Brazilian and all guys that climbed the Mount Mulanje to find Gab. Thanks to God we were well succeeded because Gabriel returned to his place and to his family, receiving the much deserved farewells and homage. I thank the immense affection of the family and of the friends, mine and of Gabriel, who will always be in my heart. Especially, thank you my brother, André, for being at my side in Malawi. Without you I would not have supported the pain of Gabriel’s death.
In one of the last days Gabriel and I were together, in the Victoria Falls, Zambia, we screamed a noisy THANK YOU God for our stay in that place and for so much beauty (see attached a picture of that day). We were deeply in love and very happy. And this is how I want to keep feeling. That gigantic wave of love woke up a powerful force inside of me that I didn't imagine to possess. A force to win that pain and to feel happy for being alive, keep walking with faith, as the music we used to sing together says....
sexta-feira, 31 de julho de 2009
This is a photo of the members of the American Rescue Team International, a non-profit organization of volunteers that went to Malawi to help us in the mission of saving the life of Gabriel Buchmann.
The crew in the photo is made of: Randy, Adam, Ashley, Marcel, Laurie, and David Facundo
Thank you very much!
quarta-feira, 29 de julho de 2009
We still don't have THE big news we are waiting for, that Gabriel has been found alive and is on his way back home. Although we have some positive news.
Last Monday (27th July), they finished searching the whole area between Chisepo Hut, where Gabriel was last seen, and the top of Mulanje Mount, the Sapitwa Peak, where he was heading for. One would normally take three hours to cover this distance on foot. The rescue team looked for him in each hole of each cave, each bush. They still haven't found any signs of our dear friend.
The local guides in Mulanje see this as a positive thing, so do we. This is the coldest bit of the mountain, so in a way it's good to know that Gabriel is not there. This is another reason for us to believe that he is lost in the forest area in the middle of the mountain. In the past, people who got lost in this same area for up to three weeks have been found alive.
So we are focusing all our efforts in the search for Gabriel in this forest area. We have eight Canadian and American rescue experts starting to help in the search today Wed (29th July).
Thank you very much for all your help. Please let's keep sending Gabriel positive thoughts, strength and energy. We believe we can help him a great deal by sending him love and light, even if we are physically away.
We will keep you posted.
terça-feira, 28 de julho de 2009
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This is an email Gabriel wrote to his family on the 1st of June 2009. This will help you to understand the wonderful young man he is...and a few reasons why we will NOT give up on finding him alive.
Dearest mom, girlfriend and João, my top partners in this amazing backpacking trip, my dearest little sister,
After more than a week of a full-on experience into the heart of Africa, I’ve found this cyber café in Jinha, countryside of Uganda, just in front of river Nile…to I write you to say that I am truly overwhelmed and life is wonderfully good!
My days in Africa have been absolutely fantastic!!! After spending a few days in the house of a refugee from Congo in Nairobi, don’t ask me how I ended up in the remote village of the masais in Kenya, where I spent days running after giraffes, zebras and antilopes carrying on a spade and arrow. I was having a truly tribal experience, sleeping in these people houses and all that….oh, and among all my adventures in Kenya, I ended in style! I did a bike safari with my masai friend in a stunning national park…
So I’m preety roots here, walking for a week wrapped up in one of those colorful pieces of fabric, carrying on a stick of wood and a steal spade…all I know is that since I’ve arrived in Africa I haven’t seen ANY muzumgo (white man), besides myself…
Oh, by the way, in the middle of all that today I sent a child to school!!! It’s a long story, but to keep it simple, after spending a whole day walking around a small village in Uganda with a boy that, among other things, introduced me to his family, which lives in totally misery, and then for coincidence I went visiting this public school and was talking to the director, so I decided I would pay the enrollment fee and all the expenses so that this boy could go to the school until the end of the year…
The best about being in Africa is that only here I can travel the way I’ve always dreamt. Today for the second time I stayed at a hostel since I arrived in this continent, all other days I stayed and had meals with the locals, spending less than 3 dollars a day, which has allowed me to distribute the rest of my daily allowance among those who helped me along the way by feeding me or by receiving me in their homes. I am overwhelmed to live such adventure...making a real journey into the heart of Africa, a totally non-touristy one, in a sustainable way, being able to help a few Africans on the way...here with almost nothing you can make a huge difference in people’s lives...for instance with only 12 dollars I paid my friend’s rent in Congo for the whole month. With only 40 dollars I paid for one year of such a cool school for this other boy....
I could write for hours and hours about this first week in Africa, I am truly overwhelmed, this is all beyond my best expectations…but I’m writing just to say hello, because this night I took 4 different boats to cross a river from Kenya to Uganga, then I spent the whole day visiting farmers, schools, etc, all in this very remote village in the middle of nowhere in Ugana…I’ve met incredible people along the way and each day these people will introduce me to new people…and with each of these connections I go slowly diving into the heart of Africa…I’ve really created an incredible network of people around here.
Next week, after paying homage to the genocide victims in Ruanda and god-knows-what in Burundi, I will visit a diamond mine and a pigmeu community in the Congolese jungle together with the brother of a friend, then I’m off to a refugee camp in Tanzania where the uncle of another friend lives, to see if I can find an affordable way to climb Kilimanjaro…and then I will wait my gorgeous Cris to arrive in Dar es Salaam to yet another incredible honeymoon.
Ok, one paragraph about my two best friends in Kenya.
Alex Alembe. He was doing the last year of engineering in Uvira, his hometown in Congo. One night a group of men invaded his house. They killed his mother and his youngest sister, but he scaped through the window. He ended up in a refugee camp in Tanzania, where he stayed for 4 years, married a Tanzanian and had three kids. He moved to the outskirts of Nairobi where he spent the last years bringing gold and diamonds from Congo and selling them in other countries of East Africa. He managed to build a comfortable house for his family and several orphan kids. In the way back from one of these trips, he was stolen in the bus, they took everything he had, suitcase, money, diamonds, passport. He lost everything. He moved with all his family to a 12 square meter house. Despite all this shit, he carries on with 3 social projects, giving breakfast to 20 kids every day, helping the widows victims of Aids and organizing a football match every afternoon. He is saving saving whatever he can to run as a local mp in Congo in the next election.
TIA. This is Africa.
Leonard. He is a Massai who’s mother received me at her house in Itwatso Ogindong. He was doing the last year on administration at the university of Nairobi. After three years of a dry season in the massai land, he had to quit university to bring the catlle belonging to his family in search of a better place, where they find some grass. He walked 500km in 8 days, conducting 100 animals, crossing cities, including the Nairobi airport! He struggles to preserve the massai culture and dreams to marry an American woman, preferably fat. He baptized me with a massai name, Lemaya. His brother Brain, 20, is highly respected in their tribe. At the age of 14, he killed a lion and therefore was seen as a mature man. When he was 15, he married a 12 year-old girl, and another one, 13. His parents chose both. He gave me his spade as a souvenir.
TIA. This is Africa.
Gotta go now.
Mom, sorry I haven’t called for so long. Will do my best to call you from Kampala tomorrow. Cris, will write you in a while….
Johnny, enjoy Russia brother! Russia Haracho! Russia Kracivaia!
segunda-feira, 27 de julho de 2009
Pendant toute l’année dernière, Gabriel Buchmann a voyagé dans dizaines de pays en Asie, Moyen Orient et Afrique. Toujours avec peu de ressources, hitchhiking (stops) et avec l’aide de la population locale. Son objectif était de connaître le monde, ses beautés, ses douleurs, ses erreurs, la pauvreté, l’injustice des homes envers la nature et lui même.
Gabriel est un brillant économiste. Dans le bac brésilien, il a été le premier dans la classification générale de PUC-Rio. A l’université, il a fait deux cours: Economie et Relations Internationales. Pendant ses années à l’université, il a gagné 2 bourses d’étude pour l’Europe, en la Science-Po française et puis dans l’université de Madrid. Il était retourné au Brésil pour conclure son projet final en Reforme Agraire et puis, il a commencé la maîtrise dans PUC-Rio, ou il a défendu sa thèse sur l’interaction parmi éducation, fertilité et le système politique brésilien.
À la fin de la maîtrise, il a travaillé dans l’évaluation de divers programmes gouvernementaux dans le centre de politiques sociales de FGV (Fundação Getúlio Vargas). Ça serait sa préparation pour le doctorat en économie de la pauvreté, chez UCLA.
Avant le doctorat, Gabriel a dit qu’il avait besoin de comprendre et de regarder la pauvreté de plus près, et c’était une de ses raisons pour le voyage dans Asia, Moyen Orient et Afrique. Pendant son temps dans l’université Gabriel a pris un vol dans l’avion du service postal aérien brésilien vers l’Amazonie, ou il a escaladé le Pic de Neblina et a vécu dans les pauvres communes locales. Il a aussi laissé Rio de Janeiro pour passer quelques mois au nord-est du Brésil, ou il a visité les plus pauvres cités et a resté chez le peuple local. Son intérêt était ses vides, ses problèmes et comment ils survivront.
Gabriel crois qu’il a besoin de vivre et de connaître avec proximité le sujet de ses études.
Ci-dessous, une portion de son email écrit au premier de juin:
« Le meilleur ici en Afrique c’est pratiquer ce que j’ai toujours idéalisé… Aujourd’hui je serais en un « hostel » pour la deuxième fois dès que j’étais arrivée au continent africain, tous ces jours j’ai dormi et mangé chez le peuple local, consommant 2 ou 3 dollars chaque jour. De cette façon j’ai peu distribué mon budget journalier parmi les personnes qui ont me recueilli, donné de repas, etc. Je suis très content avec ça : vivre grandes aventures et réaliser un voyage profond dans le continent africain, absolument non touristique, très durable, et en transferrant 80% de mes dépenses pour les africains pauvres… et ici, avec presque rien, vous pouvez faire une différence substantielle dans les vies de ce peuple… mon ami du Congo, par exemple… avec 12 dollars j’ai payé son montant du loyer résidentiel mensuel (pour lui avec sa famille)… pour un garçon, avec 40 dollars j’ai lui garanti une année entière dans une très bonne école…
Malawi était le dernier pays dans le Project de voyage de Gabriel. Son vol de retour à Rio était prévu pour ce 28 Juillet. Gabriel est disparu il y a 11 jours maintenant, mais en 1994 une personne a resté 3 semaines seule dans la même montagne de Malawi, et a être trouvé vivant! Il en a d’autres cas des recherches et sauvetages qui ont bien fini.
This team will help us solve the problem of lack of human resources to continue the search over land. There is still a massive forest area that hasn’t been covered. Having these experts focusing their effort and skills on the top the mountain will allow the rest of the team, formed by local Malawians, to explore the forest area in search of Gabriel.
The rescue experts are due to travel to Malawi still today and will probably start working in Gabriel’s rescue by tomorrow, 28th July. You can learn more about these experts at http://www.amerrescue.org/
Many thanks to everyone!
A search and rescue operation with up to 50 people has been set up but, after 10 days of tireless efforts, his location is yet unknown. There are reasons to believe that Gabriel might have escaped to an area of forest west of Mulanje. In 1994, a Malawian citizen was found alive after wandering for three weeks in the area.
This is why his friends and family will NOT give up on finding him. It is important to keep this story alive in the international media, so as there is enough public pressure on the authorities to keep searching until Gabriel is brought back to safety.
Please, forward this email to your contacts in the media, government, NGO community and ask your friends to do the same. It will only take you 2 minutes and you could be helping to save the life of a very special young man.
You can get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabriel Buchmann has been travelling around the world since June 2008. Malawi would be his last stop before returning to Brazil on July 28th. In search of a better understanding on global poverty, Gabriel backpacked across more than 28 countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He was doing so with a budget of less than 20 dollars a day. He would usually stay with locals, sharing whatever he could save of his daily budget with the people in need he befriended.
Gabriel is a brilliant economist. With a BA in International Relations and Economics, he pursued an MA in Economics at PUC University in Rio de Janeiro. He has been awarded with a Fulbright scholarship and will (we believe he will!) start a PHD in Public Policy at UCLA this coming Fall.
He could have found a job in any investment bank in Brazil or Wall Street and hit the jackpot. But Gabriel has always wanted to make better use of his talents. He considered unbearable the idea of waking up every day to go to work on a mission to raise a company’s profit by 3% a year. He wanted to make this place a better world, and off he went on this global trip, to get to know the poorest countries, to understand what is out there to inspire his work as economist.
This is an excerpt of an email written by Gabriel to his family on the 1st of June.
“the best about being in Africa is that only here I can travel the way I’ve always dreamt. Today for the second time I stayed at a hostel since I arrived in this continent, all other days I stayed and had meals with the locals, spending less than 3 dollars a day, which has allowed me to distribute the rest of my daily allowance among those who helped me along the way by feeding me or by receiving me in their homes. I am overwhelmed to live such adventure...making a real journey into the heart of Africa, a totally non-touristy one, in a sustainable way, being able to help a few Africans on the way...here with almost nothing you can make a huge difference in people’s lives...for instance with only 12 dollars I paid my friend’s rent in Congo for the whole month. With only 40 dollars I paid for one year of such a cool school for this other boy....”
A lo largo del último año, Gabriel Buchmann viajo por decenas de países en Asia, Oriente Medio y África. Este viaje lo estaba realizando con pocos recursos, y gracias a la ayuda de personas locales. Su intención era conocer el mundo, sus bellezas, sus dolores, los errores, la pobreza, y la injusticia del hombre contra la naturaleza y contra sus semejantes.
Gabriel es un economista brillante. En el examen de ingreso a la facultad obtuvo el mejor promedio, realizo dos Universidades Economía y Relaciones Internacionales. A lo largo de la facultad gano dos becas para estudiar en Europa, el la Science-Po Francia y luego en la Universidad de Madrid. Luego volvió a Brasil para completar su monografía sobre la reforma agraria. Mas tarde realizó una maestría en la Universidad Católica (PUC) de Río de Janeiro, la cual finalizo con una disertación sobre la interacción entre la educación, fertilidad y el sistema político del país.
Al terminar la maestría, ingreso al centro de políticas sociales de la Fundación Getulio Bargas (FGV) donde trabajo en la evaluación de distintos programas del gobierno. Esta sería su preparación para su doctorado en economía de la pobreza, en la Universidad de California.
Antes de su ingreso al doctorado, Gabriel decía que precisaba entender la pobreza de más cerca, y esa fue una de sus razones para su viaje a Asia, Oriente Medio y África. Desde la época de la facultad Gabriel ya se había interesado en los problemas sociales, en esa época decidió subir a un avión del correo aéreo nacional para insertarse en el Amazonas, donde convivió con las comunidades pobres del lugar. Abandono el verano Río de Janeiro para pasar meses en la ciudad Nordestina, donde vivió junto a las personas mas pobres y humildes de la región. Su interés era la vida de ellos y sus problemas.
Para Gabriel, su camino era “conocer y vivir”. Este es un segmento del e-mail que el escribió el primero de Julio. (Vea más información en el blog: http://ajudegabrielbuchmann.blogspot.com/)
“ Lo mejor de todo es que aquí en África estoy consiguiendo poner en practica el viaje que siempre soñé.... hoy es la segunda noche que pasaré en un hostel desde que pise el continente, el resto de los días dormí y comí en la casa de las personas del lugar, gastando unos 2 o 3 dólares por día, lo que me permitió día a día distribuir mi daily Budget entre las personas que me hospedaron, alimentaron, etc.. estoy muy feliz de poder estar viviendo una gran aventura y realizando un viaje de una profunda inmersión en el continente africano, totalmente antiturística, y de una forma totalmente sustentable, transfiriendo el 80% de mis dinero para las personas mas pobres de África…. Aquí con un simple aporte uno puede hacer una gran diferencia en la vida de las personas… es eso amigos, por ejemplo con 12 dólares pague el alquiler mensual de una de las personas que me alojo, y con 40 dólares garantice por un año los estudios de uno de sus hijos, en un instituto muy bueno..”
Malawi era el último país que el iba a visitar. El dia 28 de Julio estría volviendo a Rio de Janeiro. Ya paso 1 semana que Gabriel se encuentra desaparecido, los familiares y amigos tenemos fe de que Gabriel se encuentre bien aguardando por nuestra ayuda. En 1994 un Malawiano paso 3 semanas perdido en el monte, y fue encontrado por un grupo de rescate. Hubo otros casos de rescate en donde fueron encontrados exitosamente. NOS AYUDAN A MANTENER LA LLAMA DE ESTA BUSQUEDA PRENDIDA!!
Necesitamos mantener este caso en los medios de comunicación, para eso les pedimos que por favor utilicen todos los recursos que estén a su alcance.
Aquí pueden ver algunas sugerencias:
1- Reenvíe este e-mail a la mayor cantidad de personas que pueda
2- Envíe este mail pata periodistas y bloggers. Tenemos que divulgarlo en la prensa escrita y en los medio digitales. En varios diarios los columnistas colocan su mail, pueden contactarlos y contarles sobre este caso.
3- Colocar un link en su twitter, fecebook, MSN. Nuestro Twitter es ajudagabriel.
4- Hacer comentarios en las noticias que aparecen en los diarios digitales.
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