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“Even if my husband was here, I would have faced the same level of hardship, but it’s just that if he was here, we would die together."
On April 25, 2015 a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing more than 9,000 people. A second earthquake struck on May 12 and there were numerous subsequent aftershocks.
Today many people are still displaced and in need of humanitarian aid.
The Accountability Lab and Onion Films mobilized five young Nepali filmmakers from their network to tell the stories behind the disaster. The students highlighted accountability issues- the problems with the government and donor response and the challenges of rebuilding- but focused on positive stories of resilience and hope. To mark the anniversary of the earthquake the Thomson Reuters Foundation will be publishing one of these films daily.
The first film features Laxmi, the wife of a Nepali migrant worker in Saudi Arabia, who is struggling to survive on her own in Kathmandu. After the earthquake, in difficult circumstances, Laxmi continues to raise her family but has very little support from the community or the government.
All five films are available via Building Resilience and were made with the editorial support of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.