The latest news of the death toll is over 2,700 killed and 5000 injured. I'm sure that number will steadily rise as we reach the end of our 72 hour earthquake danger zone. In the paper this morning the world heritage site Pashupatinath, is over loaded with dead bodies. Pashupatinath is one of the holiest hindu burning ghats. A very important place to be cremated. But now, there is not enough space, wood or time to burn all the bodies.
So now we have time to do something. There is an expression in Nepali “Ke garne.” It means “What to do?” I feel this acutely. How can I actually help? This country is not prepared for any kind of disaster. The truth is, neither am I. Devika and I are now trying to figure out what the village people need, as most of the attention is going to Kathmandu and the village areas are being neglected. We will be collecting money from people who want to donate, with the plan to buy tents, blankets, and equipment to set up community kitchens for the newly homeless.
Today I went to the hospital to visit the people that were evacuated from Gorkha. I am now putting together a small news clip. Next, I prepare to go into the affected areas. I will take my camera equipment and try to document some of the stories.
Hamilton Pevec is a Subud member from Canada currently residing in Nepal with his Nepalese wife Devika. He is a documentary film maker and his film, Hanuman Airlines toured the world with Banff Mountain Film festival in 2012.