Picking up the Pieces

After 72 hours, hope rapidly fades of finding anyone buried alive after an earthquake. Yet more than four days after a massive temblor leveled the Pakistani town of Muzaffarabad, workers pounded a hole in a collapsed house and, to their amazement, out crawled five-year-old Zarabe Shah. Her shiny red dress and spiky hair were caked in dust, and she was scared and thirsty, but otherwise Zarabe was unhurt. By then, even her mother had given up hope, and had left the ruins of Muzaffarabad, a once-boisterous river town of some 150,000 that is the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, to grieve elsewhere...

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