National Geographic : 2005 Dec
HOPE INHELL' PART TWO BY EDWARD GIRARDET PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN STANMEYER When a tsunami killed more than 225,000 people along the coast of the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004, an unprecedented global relief effort reached full throttle within days. But rebuilding Aceh, Indonesia, and other devastated areas could take a decade. After other tragedies, aid has often evaporated: Tens of thousands of people remain in shelters in Bam, Iran, where an earthquake razed the ancient city a year to the day before the tsunami. In Afghanistan, four years after coalition forces ousted the Taliban from power, relief workers increasingly risk their own lives in the still war-torn land. Meanwhile some 30,000 children must hide every night from brutal insurgents in a two-decade old conflict in northern Uganda. One thing is certain: The media will move on to the next crisis. Then how far does humanitarian aid reach? WHEN THE WORLD FORGETS WHO COMES TO HELP A Dutch physician with Doctors Without Borders comforts a dehydrated child in Uganda.