Chari

Chari Baram's parents were killed in India, a case that remains unsolved today. A year later she lost her home and most possessions in the devastating 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. Her eldest son, Susil, had been in the family home when it collapsed, and his arm was crushed. Susil required evacuation and surgeries to repair his arm. Few villagers in Deurali, Gorkha, make a steady living, surviving instead by cultivating the land for food. Chari's husband, Bhoj, had been in Dubai looking for work during the earthquakes, leaving Susil as the man of the house. Arguably guilty over the medical expenses incurred from his injury, and under pressure to care for the family, Susil's formerly vivacious demeanor changed drastically. He avoided friends and other villagers, becoming despondent in the months following the earthquakes. Locals believe he was suffering from depression.

Several months later, Susil was found dead in the Gorkha River. He had drowned--whether by accident or suicide was indeterminable.

Chari and Bhoj, along with the rest of the villagers in Deurali, still await earthquake damage compensation from the government.

Chari Baram stands outside her home in Gorkha, Nepal, on Aug. 1, 2016.

Chari Baram stands outside her home in Gorkha, Nepal, on Aug. 1, 2016.

Chari, 32, and her husband, Bhoj, 32, prepare food on Aug. 1, 2016.

Chari, 32, and her husband, Bhoj, 32, prepare food on Aug. 1, 2016.

Chari plants millet in her village in Gorkha, Nepal.

Chari plants millet in her village in Gorkha, Nepal.

Chari feeds her goats at her home in Gorkha, Nepal, on Aug. 1, 2016.

Chari feeds her goats at her home in Gorkha, Nepal, on Aug. 1, 2016.

Sunil, 11, the only remaining child of Chari and Bhoj, sits outside their home on Aug. 1, 2016.

Sunil, 11, the only remaining child of Chari and Bhoj, sits outside their home on Aug. 1, 2016.

Bhoj holds the only photo of Susil, taken months before his death.

Bhoj holds the only photo of Susil, taken months before his death.

Sunil, Chari and Bhoj in their temporary home in Gorkha Nepal. Living near the earthquake's epicenter, they lost their home in 2015; they still await government assistance.

Sunil, Chari and Bhoj in their temporary home in Gorkha Nepal. Living near the earthquake's epicenter, they lost their home in 2015; they still await government assistance.

Bhoj, Sunil and Chari stand for a portrait outside their home in Gorkha, Nepal, on Aug. 1, 2016.

Bhoj, Sunil and Chari stand for a portrait outside their home in Gorkha, Nepal, on Aug. 1, 2016.