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From the field: A neighbor saving lives

Date: May 14, 2015

Kyla Yeoman is with our emergency response team in Nepal to document the conditions on the ground, survivors' needs and Mercy Corps' response to the April 25 earthquake. She previously visited Nepal in May 2014 to gather stories about our programs there.

The first thing I noticed when I arrived after the earthquake was how quiet Kathmandu is right now. When I was here last May, the city felt like it was bursting at its seams with people shopping, taxis zipping around town, and workers packing into city buses.

Today the mood is subdued and serious. Most of the shops are shuttered. Driving through town, we saw makeshift tents set up in every roundabout—and even along the tiny strips of grass next to the road.

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