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Nepal Earthquake – beyond the debris

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are suffering….

_MG_8357While walking around Kathmandu Durbar Square, a woman selling watermelons in front of a relief camp caught my attention. Perched on a stool in broad daylight, with the damaged heritage site in the background, she was making an effort to sell her stuff to people passing by. Most of the petty shops, small restaurants and cafes around Basantpur area are now closed due to the earthquake.

Thirty-year old Jatna Khadga is originally from Dolakha village, Ward No. 9. She belongs to Ladukha community. Along with her husband and three children, Jatna came to Kathmandu  2 years ago. She has been living in Basantpur and selling tea to the people visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Jatna was on the third floor of her rented room on April 25 when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the entire building, She immediately rushed down with just Rs 200 in her pocket. “There were cracks the first time and…

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