Shirin Gerami

Survivors of the earthquake that hit Bam, Iran, on the 26 December 2003 in the early hours of the morning, try to make the best of things in the new tent villgaes which have sprung up on the streets of Bam next to their homes which have been reduced to rubble. In the background is the Arg of Bam, the 2000 year old citadel that has been destroyed. It is estimated that over 30,000 people died, many being buried under the rubble created when the mud brick houses, that were a feature of Bam, crumbled in the shock that reached 6.3 on the Richter scale. The earthquake destroyed many of the houses leaving people effectively homeless and living on the streets in tents. Photo by Michael Walter/Troika

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