Epic Photo. Sad Story.

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A Year After the Quake, Nepal Is Still a Mess

“If the earthquake was Nepal’s only problem, then people would be fine, in the way of being fine when you lift stones all day to rebuild your house, watch your children die of communicable diseases, and see your local schoolhouse sit destroyed and empty for six months because the patrician class in Kathmandu can’t get organized to receive and spend $4.4 billion. They’d be fine in the tough way of Asian peasantry, their mute suffering ignored in the capital and labeled cultural resilience by foreigners.” — Patrick Symmes.

This article was filed to  Outside Features, Nepal from Outside Magazine, June 2016.  I received it via a posting on Facebook by Wide Open Vistas

If you haven’t already, click on the article’s title (A Year After the Quake…) to read it in its entirety.  It’s well worth the time you’ll spend.

Nepal’s failed development – Al Jazeera English

via Nepal’s failed development – Al Jazeera English.  There are no words to describe the corruption, the greed, the uncontrolled vice and crime.  While her  Gurung woman weaves on the porchcountrymen and women suffer in silence, living their entire lifetimes waiting to see change that will make a real difference in their lives, those in power let the aid money be frittered away.

The linked article by Thomas Bell tells a story few people who love Nepal want to hear.  I offer it here to serve as a background to more uplifting stories where the human spirit prevails, and some Nepalis manage to lift themselves out of the poverty that fails to hold them back.

One Man Helped Connect 60,000 People in Nepal to the Internet.

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This article appeared on Facebook.  The image and author are credited via the link.  I think it’s notable because it mentions 2/3’s of the world still has no internet access.  Thanks to this man, Nepal is among those who have more.

via One Man Helped Connect 60,000 People in Nepal to the Internet. How Did He Do It? | Big Think.