Rising From the Rubble of the Sichuan Quake

Six months after China's devastating quake, a building frenzy is under way. But will survivors be allowed to face the past?

Ian Teh for TIME

A survivor from the May quake walks near Guangyuan Handicapped Hospital, where the injured receive physical therapy.

Piles of red bricks clutter the roadsides. Stacks of concrete drainage pipes fill parking lots, while stores do a brisk trade in paint and window frames. Like countless other places in China, this corner of central Sichuan province is undergoing a building boom. But this is no typical growth story. When I was here six months ago, bodies jutted from the pancaked floors of collapsed buildings and lined rubble-strewn streets. Tens of thousands of homeless crowded into sports stadiums, and millions more slept in tents. The surface of the Zipingba Reservoir was covered with a brackish film from the tons of...

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