Photographer's Note

I was taking photos of the Himalaya bathed in the evening light when a bus full of tourists arrived. I was lucky – they were, I guess, from India, all wearing colourful traditional clothes. I spotted this lady, sitting on a bench, admiring the panoramic landscape.

Nagarkot is famous for its views of the snow-capped mountains. But I also fell in love with the quaint valley painted with terraced fields and peppered with cottages.

Fast forward, 6 months later. Tourists no longer visit Nagarkot. In April this year the valley suffered from serious landslides and the majority of houses turned into piles of rubble.

Immediately after the earthquake I made an attempt to contact the people I met in Nepal and recently managed to get in touch with one of the locals from Nagarkot. His name is Ramesh and, like many others, he was injured during the earthquake, lost his home and is now living in a hut made of bamboo.

It is sad to see that the pictures of Nepal’s tragedy have now practically disappeared from the news, overshadowed by more recent events. But the Nepalese people still struggle without homes, food and drinking water. And above all – means to rebuild their homes and start a new life. In 2014 Nepal received almost a million foreign tourists. Now they stopped arriving, the blow to the economy will double or triple the damages caused by the natural disaster.

In WS: an image of Kathmandu Valley in Nagarkot and a photo taken by Ramesh showing one of the houses after the earthquake.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1305 W: 6 N: 2362] (13657)
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