2006 Photo Contest, Portraits, 3rd prize

Tomás Munita

for The Associated Press

26 October, 2005

A displaced girl in the shattered town of Balakot in Pakistan, some three weeks after an earthquake racked the Kashmir region of South Asia, near the India-Pakistan border. She leads a mule carrying her belongings.

On 8 October 2005, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit Kashmir, causing immense destruction across the region. More than three million people were made homeless, and mountainous terrain made relief efforts difficult. Barely a building was left standing in Balakot, which was renowned for its beauty and a popular tourist destination. Plans for a New Balakot City, away from the fault line, were announced, but it is still unfinished and residents have begun rebuilding their town on the old spot.

About the photographer

Tomás Munita

He has won several awards, including 4 World Press Photo awards, Leica’s Oskar Barnack, Visa D’or Daily News, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, All Rodas, Henri Nannen, 2nd Photographer of...

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