Girls walk in the snow near Kuz Ganrshal, Pakistan, 2006

Photograph: Dan Chung/The Guardian

The then Guardian photographer Dan Chung visited Kuz Ganrshal, a remote village in northern Pakistan, in January 2006, three months after a devastating earthquake. He travelled with Oxfam and a local organisation, the Shangla Development Society. These young village girls – colourful against the almost monochrome backdrop – were intrigued by the visitor, following Chung along the snowy mountain path. The village people refused to move to refugee camps after the earthquake, which destroyed nearly 40% of their homes, preferring to cram together with up to five families, along with their livestock, into single dwellings. Oxfam, the only aid agency to have visited the village at the time, distributed blankets, plastic sheets, mats, hygiene kits and tents.

Words: Hannah Booth

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