Villagers from Nepal’s Nubri Valley who can now see after being partially or completely blind for years thanks to free eye clinics set up as part of a language preservation project. Photo: Cathryn Donohue

Endangered languages: linguist creating written language in Nepal uses novel tactic to get villagers talking – an eye clinic to cure blindness

  • Hong Kong-based linguist Cathryn Donohue wanted to preserve the language of the isolated, spread out Nubri people, but first she had to get them together
  • Her solution? Free eye clinics specialising in cataract surgery, which gave back sight to many villagers who had been blind for years
Topic |   Nepal

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Villagers from Nepal’s Nubri Valley who can now see after being partially or completely blind for years thanks to free eye clinics set up as part of a language preservation project. Photo: Cathryn Donohue
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The Danakil Depression, in Ethiopia, is the hottest place on earth. Photo: Alamy

12 of the most remote travel destinations on Earth, each with its own superlative

  • Not ideal for a weekend getaway, Pitcairn Island is barely more accessible today than it was when the HMS Bounty’s mutineers came ashore in 1790
  • Averaging 34.5 degrees Celsius and peppered with acidic pools, Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression is also known as the ‘gateway to hell’
Topic |   Travel pros and cons

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The Danakil Depression, in Ethiopia, is the hottest place on earth. Photo: Alamy
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