After Nepal Earthquake

Earthquake in Nepal, which happened several days ago, has great impacts on not only local people but also the whole world. Because of the earthquake, almost everything has been destroyed. “Gone are homes. Gone are temples. Gone are entire villages.” For people in Nepal, homes and villages are shelters where they live, and the damage of the buildings make people homeless. Most of places and people that are severely hit are the poorest. Loss of home must make people desperate. It will take incredibly long to reconstruct in Nepal, so the situations will remain hard for a quite long time in the future. In addition, these places are very important to people outside, especially the anthropology students. Nepal is the country, rich of history, culture, and religion and the buildings and villages are full of historical context and cultural meanings. The cultural heritage might not be modified and cannot be seen any more after the earthquake. It is really a pity for the whole society.

Media plays a crucial role connecting Nepal and the rest of the world after the earthquake happened. Through the media, the Nepal people can get the information of their family and friends on time and the other people are able to know what is going on in Nepal, what kinds of aid people in Nepal need. Media has given people a chance to share the emotions, no matter the pain or the happiness, together. I still remember the catastrophic earthquake happened in Wenchuan, Sichuan province China, in 2008. I lived thousands miles away from the center of earthquake, however I got to know the severe hit in Wenchuan through newspapers, TV, and Internet. The scenes of devastation made me heartbroken and I felt like I could exactly understand how helpless people, who are effected by the earthquake, were. I think this is what we call empathy. Though physically in distance, both the experiences and the emotions are shared.