I am a former New York Times foreign correspondent and a former correspondent for NBC News and Newsweek. I am also a mom of four, a wanderer and I love living overseas. For four years, I was based in Nairobi, Kenya, mostly working as a media consultant for the United Nations and the United States Agency for International Development. I moved to Kathmandu, Nepal in August 2013.
She was cooking dinner when the blast went off. Her 11-year-old son asked if it were thunder. She knew better.
Reporter Donatella Lorch has lived in Nepal for two years, running through — and admiring — the small town of Khokana on many days. She returned to the village in the wake of Saturday's earthquake and saw her beloved town in ruins, but its people organizing to help themselves.
What is the appeal of this desert sand? "This is the one place that I had desperately wanted to discover as a young girl," writes a former New York Times correspondent during her dusty journey. "It had only taken me 40 years to get here."
A former New York Times foreign correspondent honors her irrepressible mother, who once ordered a Pakistani commander to keep her youngest daughter safe.