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How Politics Got in the Way of Needed Nepal Earthquake Relief

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The 7.8-magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks that struck Nepal last spring killed nearly 9,000...

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The Himalayan village of Milung no longer exists. Where a house stood, only a doorway remains, surrounded by stones that rained down in a rockslide. The earthquake took 38 lives in this tiny community, more than 8000 across this rugged, isolated Himalayan country. A year after the deadly earthquake, reconstruction here has barely begun. The government promises money to earthquake victims, but politics, corruption and a lack of confidence in government have convinced some Nepalese to start reconstruction on their own. Images and caption by Richard Coolidge. Nepal, 2016.

One year ago, the first of two massive earthquakes ripped through Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people. Some $4 billion of assistance was pledged to the rebuilding effort, but political gridlock and corruption have left the displaced survivors to largely fend for themselves.

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