Shocked earthquake survivors wander through destroyed Afghan villages

The disaster poses a huge logistical challenge to the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, which has isolated itself from much of the world by introducing a harsh Islamic rule that subjugates women and girls.

International aid organizations trying to help have also been stretched.

Remote Ghurza is one of many small mountain villages in the Bermal district, one of the hardest hit areas.

Help begins to trickle into the valley — a military helicopter that flew overhead, threw food into hard-to-reach places and gathered some of the wounded to take them to hospital — but an AFP team saw no United Nations presence on Thursday.


After the horrors of the first hours, villagers have already dried up their tears – misfortune is known in this area, one of the poorest in a country ravaged by humanitarian crises, neglect and decades of war.

On Wednesday the villagers buried about 60 people, and on Thursday 30 more followed.

“We didn’t even have a shovel to dig with, no equipment, so we used a tractor,” says Ghurziwal.

In the middle of a courtyard, his eighty-year-old mother, slightly injured, lies on a bed, sheltered from the sun by a sheet.

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