Nightmare in the Mountains

How delays in getting relief to the Himalayan quake zone have left millions on the edge of survival

The rescuers had searched the rubble for days, with little expectation of finding anyone alive. Even the mother of 5-year-old Zarabe Shah had given up hope, leaving the ruins of Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, a once boisterous river town of about 150,000, to grieve elsewhere for her lost daughter. But what happened next was proof that even in the most devastated settings, miracles can happen. As workers pounded a hole in a collapsed house last week, the tiny figure of Zarabe crawled out. Her shiny red dress and spiky hair were caked with dust, and she was scared and thirsty. But otherwise Zarabe was...

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