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Nepal in ruins

Print edition : May 29, 2015

At Barpak, a village in Nepal's Gorkha district, at the epicentre of the April 25 earthquake. Survivors rummaging for their belongings in the rummage of what were once their homes, on May 6. Photo: DANIEL BEREHULAK/NYT

People paying homage to what used to be the iconic Dharahara tower in Kathmandu, on May 7. Photo: Niranjan Shrestha/AP

Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square in Kathmandu on August 11, 2010, (left) and what is left of it (right). Photo: PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP

The ruined Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site, on May 3. Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP

Climbers search through crushed tents for fellow climbers caught in an avalanche at a base camp on the Nepal side of Mount Everest, which was set off by the earthquake. Photo: Mariusz Malkowski/AP

At Barpak, where more than 1,200 houses were destroyed or damaged, on May 7. The village's once-rich agricultural life has been erased, and residents say the emergency food aid arriving by helicopter is barely enough to get by. Photo: DANIEL BEREHULAK/NYT

A Nepalese family works to rebuild its damaged house in Lalitpur, on May 8. Photo: Niranjan Shrestha/P

In a country flattened by the April 25 earthquake, where soldiers are the new heroes and politicians are more derided than ever, recovery will be slow and painful. Will civil society, which has shown the nation a way out in times of deepest despair, help it come out of the rubble?
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