Rebuilding Nepal

Soon after studying photojournalism I decided to visit earthquake-affected areas in Nepal one year after the 2015 quake, to document what is (or rather isn’t) being done. I met the families of quake victims, who are working together with volunteers to rebuild their homes and lives, having tired of waiting for government help.

Among them was Mrs Dangol, 94, pictured at the end of this gallery with her granddaughter. Not only did she survive the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 25, 2015, killing nearly 9,000 people, but also the 8.0 magnitude Nepal-Bihar quake in 1934, one of the most destructive in the country’s history. Experiencing a powerful aftershock first hand while I was there only made me admire her good humour and resilience all the more.