Inequality in an Earthquake

And inequality strikes again. This time, it came in the form of an earthquake. In Nepal, “many of the places and peoples most severely hit were the poorest, those in villages close to the epicenter where homes are made from mud and wood” (McGranahan). This 7.8 earthquake rocked in addition to Nepal: Bangladesh, India, and Tibet. Even places unknown are still being discovered as effected by the earthquake. To this day, people are still being discovered as alive in the mess left. As for the victims in Nepal, the area mostly affected didn’t even have vehicular roads. Communication is already hard for the people living here, so now after the earthquake, rescue and recovery is becoming very difficult. Nepal was at the time trying to rebuild its government after a ten-year civil war. Government here is almost nonexistent, there is no constitution, and there was no legal government from May 2012 until January 2014. This left many areas with no governmental services. So now, after the earthquake security forces are now involved in search and rescue trying to help as many people as they can. Even though the government is trying, many Nepalis say they want more from their government. They want more from a country in which, inequality is very apparent. And they want more from a government trying to rebuild itself. Nepal, resilience and resourcefulness are a national traditional. The rebuilding of this country has to start with the people, the people who know what kind of a country they want to live in, not what the politicians say it should be.

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