Most of the factories had been shut down and had removed hazardous materials from their premises, but we did manage to find one factory along the river that had its own electricity generator and was continuing production. The walls of this factory had collapsed and there were storages of hydrochloric acid, which is the raw material they use. As soon as we walked near to the factory we were assaulted by the acrid fumes. So we quickly set up a cordon line to warn refugees not to come near this building.

We set out to visit nine factories today. The journey was stressful and exhausting, but we are happy to do something for the earthquake victims.

At five in the evening, we decided to return back to base camp. I sat back in the seat of our car and studied the landscape streaming past my window. Amongst the mountains, I could see plenty of refugees wandering around the ruins of collapsed buildings. Tears came to my eyes. Yet, on either side of the road was large expanses of farms, green and fertile – I could tell that this region must have been really beautiful before the earthquake. Some farmers were working hard at their fields and kids were playing in front of their collapsed homes. This scene of survival overwhelmed me. These down to earth villagers were moving on with their lives and rebuilding their homes.

I know that this place will be as beautiful as it was before – no, it will be even more beautiful!


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