The people in Nepal have experienced pain on a level that most of us will never experience, with the trauma not happening just once, but over and over, plus hundreds of thousands of people are now homeless. Nepal also reported that 8,800 people lost their lives.
So Nepal had all of these thousands of homeless families, and then the monsoon rains hit. Because the ground shook so hard, the rains then washed a lot of their farmland off the sides of the mountains. They couldn’t plant crops, which is what had sustained their lives. So not only did they suffer from the earthquakes, but they also suffered from the monsoon rains, the landslides, the mud slides, the loss of food, the loss of drinking water, and the loss of electricity.
Other things came out that we didn’t hear about from the news media, and this was about the maimed children from the earthquake. Literally hundreds of children were crushed or partially crushed in the rubble when their homes came down, causing loss of arms and legs. Some children lost both legs, some lost legs and arms. Over 400 children in Nepal today are disfigured and crippled from the loss of limbs. Because the schools don’t have the ability to provide special services for those children, they quit school. So it’s a compound effect that just goes on and on and on.
And yet when you go to Nepal, you see that with all they’ve been through, these people have a sense of peace, even though you can feel the deep pain and suffering. I was treated so amazingly with love and appreciation from these people who physically have nothing, absolutely nothing.