Author: Nora Harless

Nora currently resides in the Brooklyn, New York. In her free time, she enjoys conversing with people in languages she barely knows, and playing freelance fiddle gigs in Manhattan.

SEATTLE — On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people and injuring three times as many. Short-term solutions were provided to answer the plea for help made by earthquake survivors. More than one year later, the affected Nepalese are only beginning to see the light at the end of an arduous tunnel of rehabilitation. Unfortunately, although long-term plans have been set in place, the region still remains greatly devastated. Ecuador and Japan, two countries that were hit with similarly destructive quakes almost one year after the destruction in Nepal, now find themselves fresh from…

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ECUADOR — We had just slipped on our breathing masks when we saw her. My friend Gustavo, a Quito-based lawyer and I were on our third day in the coastal province of Esmeraldas, providing aid to the victims of the April 16 earthquake in Ecuador and documenting the crisis for an international audience. We had just arrived in Pedernales, a city so utterly damaged that H1N1 and syphilis rumors threatened a quarantine of the area. The heartbreak was palpable. As Gustavo and I made our way through the dust, trying to grasp the entirety of the devastation, we saw Maria…

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