Photographer Matteo Fabi @ Blobally is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. From his project ‘Gorkha: One Year Later‘. To see Matteo’s portfolio click on any image.
The aim of “Gorkha: One Year Later” is to shed a light on the severe conditions affecting the life of rural communities in this corner of Nepal.
I was in Nepal on that 25 April 2015, when a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit, leaving over 9000 people dead. One year later, I came back to this beautiful country. I made my way to the root of the calamity, trekking throughout the Gorkha district, until eventually reaching Barpak, considered the epicentre of that natural disaster.
I engaged with locals, shared meals with them and spent my nights in their houses. I witnessed the precarious conditions they live in, one year later. People cope with lack of water and electricity. Most of the buildings are still reduced to rubble.
The Nepalese government received plentiful aids from the international community, but due to widespread corruption and political inefficiency, most of these funds cannot be accessed. To date, the process of rebuilding, especially in Gorkha and surrounding hilly areas, languish. Meanwhile, people struggle, living in tents and tin-plated shelters.
I had the honour of cooperating with the Gorkha Foundation, a no-profit organization which is involved in the reconstruction of several schools across the district. In most of the cases, classes are still held in temporary structures, lacking of fundamentals as chessboards and electricity.
Nevertheless, Nepalese people show great resilience, working hard and never refusing to smile in the face of the adversity.
By Matteo Fabi