Tag Archives: Donatella Lorch


Mother’s dedication inspires 20-year-old to academic success in Turkey


My story for UNHCR


Photo:Fatima (left) and and fellow student Rawan take a moment to relax in the park. Fatima is hoping to study for a masters and a PhD, and plans to returns to Syria when the war is over.  © UNHCR/Ali Unal

photo by  Brad Wong of ward

‘I Hope The Hospital Has Enough Diesel For Their Generator’

Photo credit: (c)Bradley Wong – A maternity ward in a rural hospital in Nepal

Nepal is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. Hospitals are short of medicine and fuel due to a border blockade. They are cooking with firewood and delaying many surgeries. The rural areas are particularly hard hit  In the midst of it, I ended up having emergency surgery. My piece for NPR.


Goat shopping

It’s Nepal’s Biggest Holiday And Goats Are Not Happy About It

It’s been a tough year for Nepal – huge earthquakes, thousands dead, millions homeless followed by massive  strikes protesting a new constitution (the strikers have valid points!) and then an “undeclared blockade” by India the sole supplier of fuel that in very circumspect and vaguely termed ways decided to send fuel only in dribbles.  Now its Dashain, the biggest holiday of the year. Here’s a tale of goats.


Kathmandu's  fuel lines stretch for miles. (c)Donatella Lorch

Waits Stretch for Days as Nepal Confronts Fuel Shortage

India’s “undeclared” blockade of Nepal has created a countrywide massive fuel shortage affecting life at all levels from driving to cooking, medical treatment and ability to assist earthquake victims. My piece for the New York Times. Every aspect of our lives is connected to fossil fuels.


The Red God on the move

The Red God Had The Earthquake Blues — But Now He’s On A Roll!

Like many Nepalis, the Red God has been homeless and living in a tent since the April 2015 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Yesterday he got back into his chariot an started a one month trip through towns and a major city. Here is my story for NPR