Paul Dillon

Earthquake Forces Nepal’s Overseas Workers to Make Tough Choices

Nepal - One of the very first businesses to open in Chautara, Nepal, following the April 25 earthquake was Western Union.


Over 500 New Human Trafficking Victims Identified in Indonesia since Benjina ‘Slave Fisheries’ Exposed

By Paul Dillon

A year-long media investigation into the brutal treatment of men trafficked into virtual slavery aboard foreign fishing vessels operating in Indonesia generated stark international headlines:

  • Nearly 550 Modern-day Slaves Were Rescued From Indonesia’s Fish Trade. And That’s Just the Beginning
  • Your Seafood Might Come From Slaves
  • Hundreds Forced to Work as Slaves to Catch Seafood for Global Supply

Runners, Bikers Access Remote Areas of Nepal to Track Communities Displaced by Earthquakes and Landslides

By Paul Dillon

Ultra-marathoners Seth Wolpin and Sudeep Kandel relied on leg power and iron lungs to traverse a section of the famed Everest Mail Run; Theo Sinkovits thundered into the high country on his 350cc Royal Enfield motorcycle with a couple of pals.

Together with a small army of university teachers and students, they were helping IOM to assess exactly where survivors of the earthquakes that had rocked Nepal for the past three months have moved to, and what their immediate needs and future intentions are, as monsoon clouds settle over the Himalayan nation.

"There Are Different Kinds of Earthquakes"

By Paul Dillon

Kathmandu - There are earthquakes that deliver a single or series of mighty jolts; others cause the ground beneath your feet to vibrate and tremble and defy you to stand.

Today’s (12/5) earthquake was of a type I’m familiar with from Aceh, Indonesia, following the 2004 tsunami:  a sudden shudder powerful enough to knock you off your feet, followed by a series of long, violent sine-waves that cause the land around you to rise and fall like a ship on a concrete sea.

Mana Maya: Resilient Survivor of Two Devastating Earthquakes a Life-Time Apart

By Paul Dillon

She was a babe in arms the last time Nepal shook so violently; this time it was far worse.

The 8.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Mana Maya Shresta’s home on the afternoon of January 15, 1934, was one of the worst that seismically active Nepal had ever experienced. As many as 12,000 people died both there and in neighboring east Indian state of Bihar and contemporary accounts describe scenes of widespread devastation.