Patrick Ward is a journalist based in London. A Bournemouth University graduate, he is currently stationed in Kathmandu for Aftershock Nepal, chronicling the human stories of those affected by the 2015 earthquake. He specialises in crisis, social and political journalism, and has reported from Nepal, Vietnam, India and Palestine.
In the past few months, Nepal has lurched from one problem to another. First came the April earthquake, then the aftershocks and then the fuel crisis. Christmas, hence, was tinged with much sorrow for Nepal's Christian community as they gathered to celebrate in a church made of zinc metal sheeting.
In the wake of the earthquake, Nepal has been promised $4 billion in aid by the international community. Much of this money is yet to materialise, primarily because the political proce in the country...
The road was blocked by a large digger, tipping smashed masonry into a truck and villagers worked to clear debris in the pounding midday sun. Dust from the rubble hung heavily in the air. To see the storeys-high piles of bricks, cement and twisted metal, it was difficult to believe that work had gone on for a long time. It looked like the earthquake occurred yesterday, not four months ago.