016 – Rupa Bandhari – KTM

ARTIST – PRABAL BIKRAM SHAH
PHOTOGRAPHY – MITCH WARD
INTERVIEW – ANSHU PANDEY

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Rupa Bhandari owns a shop in Katmandu, but comes from Sindhulpalchowk district. The art piece above is an image of her father.

During a tour of her house, Rupa shows a new escape route that she and her husband have made by hammering an archway into their wall, preparing themselves to the next disaster.

“At that time, I was so scared. I had never faced something like this before. We were in church together with five, six hundred people. Everyone was crying and we were also crying and crying. For many days, my whole body was shaking”

“30 – 40 people died here around me. I saw all the dead bodies. It took one week to remove the bodies. My aunty died, she was 8 months pregnant but the baby also died. Also friends, neighbors… In one family 9 people were killed. ”

“My house was not good, it all collapsed. In Sindhulpalchowk nothing’s left. Now, because the hills are risky, all people came around here to Katmandu. All of these landslides! We cannot stay there during the monsoon.”

“I’m still afraid. What can you do?”


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