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Bhukhampa Nepal

Kathmandu minutes after the first earthquake that happened on 25th April 2015.
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Kathmandu minutes after the first earthquake that happened on 25th April 2015.
Kathmandu minutes after the first earthquake that happened on 25th April 2015.

Bhukhampa Nepal, photo essay by Jan Møller Hansen

Nepal was hit by two strong earthquakes on 25. April and 12. May 2015 and during the following months by hundreds of aftershocks. 14 hilly and mountainous districts in the central northern parts of Nepal were heavily affected. Some 9000 people were killed and 22,000 injured. Half a million homes and buildings were destroyed or partly damaged. Many villages and living quarters were leveled to the ground. Many children were traumatised from the events.

In the weeks and months after the earthquakes, families, neighbours and friends were helping each other to cope with the disaster. Moral and financial support was pouring in from abroad from donors, civil society organisations, the Nepali diaspora and private companies. Nepal received a lot of sympathy from the international community and private persons.

One and a half year after the devastating earthquakes many people have still not received the expected assistance from the Government of Nepal and other agencies. The humanitarian work and reconstruction were seriously delayed due to politics and bureaucracy and thousands of families have since been struggling in the affected districts. Much of the funding committed to the humanitarian work and reconstruction might never be used. Reconstruction has picked-up one year after the disaster, but there is still a long way to go before people and the lives are fully restored to normal.

The images in the series are taken during the year that followed the earthquakes.

(Jan Møller Hansen is a self-taught and international award-winning photographer. He lived in Nepal 2013-2016 and speaks Nepali.)

The city of Bhaktapur after the earthquake.
The city of Bhaktapur after the earthquake.
The trade town of Chautara in Sindhupalchowk
The trade town of Chautara in Sindhupalchowk
Villagers rebuilding their home in the remote village of Kerauja in Gorkha district.
Villagers rebuilding their home in the remote village of Kerauja in Gorkha district.
Dismantling the famous temple at Bungamati in the Kathmandu Valley.
Dismantling the famous temple at Bungamati in the Kathmandu Valley.
Displaced people arriving in the capital of Kathmandu
Displaced people arriving in the capital of Kathmandu
Earthquake survivors
Earthquake survivors.
Woman at home in Sindhupalchowk towards the Tibetan border.
Woman at home in Sindhupalchowk towards the Tibetan border.

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Traumatised earthquake survivor
Traumatised earthquake survivor

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Earthquake survivor living in a truck together with her family.
Earthquake survivor living in a truck together with her family.
Earthquake aftermath in Kathmandu
Earthquake aftermath in Kathmandu
Buddhist monk praying for the deceased and survivors of the earthquakes.
Buddhist monk praying for the deceased and survivors of the earthquakes.

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Jan Møller Hansen
Jan Møller Hansen (b. 1964) is a self-taught photographer, who works with visual story telling and social documentary. He has undertaken documentary photography work in Bangladesh, Nepal and South Sudan, where he lived and worked as a senior diplomat, and development/humanitarian aid specialist. Jan Møller Hansen has won first and second prices in international competitions for his documentary and photojournalistic work. His photography projects share a profound interest in human rights, dignity and the belief that everyone has the right to be recognised as a human being, regardless of social background, family relations, or living conditions. He has worked in Nepal (1991-1995, 2013-2016), Vietnam (2000-2004), Bangladesh (2007-2012) and South Sudan (2017-2018) and in many other countries in Asia and Africa.

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