One year ago, Nepal was shaken to its core as a 7.6 magnitude earthquake caused devastation and loss across 31 of the country’s 75 districts. Nearly 9,000 lost their lives and 22,300 were injured, according to a government report.
The ensuing months didn’t make life easier for the Nepalese people. Hundreds of aftershocks continued to cause destruction and spread fear. Making matters worse, the country’s new constitution, endorsed after seven years of deliberations, was rejected by indigenous groups who protested at Indian border checkpoints leading to a blockade that lasted more than four months. That blockade caused widespread economic hardship across Nepal.
Global Press Journal reporters in Nepal began working just hours after that earthquake to bring news of what was happening in their country, and they haven’t stopped since. This month, as they mark one year after the earthquake, they revisit families and places that were destroyed on that day, and look to a future that’s being established by their country’s resilient people.