Our lives have been divided between before and after. For all of us, from Achham to Ilam, from those who felt only a tremble to those whose houses turned to dust, an irrevocable moment arrived at 11:56 a.m. April 25. We all knew, with every glance northward to the towering Himalayas, that this moment would come. We knew this, but when it finally arrived, it still somehow felt impossible.
The earthquake is the largest test for Nepal’s young, poverty-afflicted democracy since the end of civil conflict in 2006. The local and global response to this tragedy has been swift and compassionate, and we hope that it can alleviate much of the immediate suffering.