After the Earthquake

The Kala Dhaka, or Black Mountains, of northern Pakistan aren't really black. The color refers to the gruesome fate that awaits any outsider who strays into the Himalayan abode of the tribes that live up there. "The male population is strongly preoccupied with killing," wrote Adam Nayyar, a Pakistani anthropologist who in the 1980s ventured into these soaring, slate-green Himalayan valleys and made it out alive. "A disproportionate amount of energy and creativity ... is diverted to stalking the enemy and avoiding violent death."

On Oct. 8, violent death came to Kala Dhaka, in spades. A 7.6-magnitude earthquake...

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