The Israel Defense Forces on May 10 completed a two-week humanitarian mission in Nepal in response to the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people in that Himalayan nation April 25. The IDF’s 260 men and women in Nepal conducted search-and-rescue operations and set up and ran a 60-bed field hospital that treated 1,600 patients, conducted 85 surgeries and delivered eight babies. The IDF also delivered 95 tons of equipment and humanitarian aid. The IDF medical personnel were the first to set up a field hospital in Nepal and represented the largest foreign mission that came to Nepal’s aid, even though it took half a day to fly there while avoiding such unfriendly nations as Iran and Iraq that lie on what would have been the direct route. Israeli relief for Nepal also has come from Magen David Adom, IsraAID and the Dream Doctors Project’s medical clowns. You still can help Nepal’s recovery by donating to Jewish Federations of North America’s Nepal Relief Fund at fedweb.fedwebpreview.org/nepal. Acclaimed Israeli photographer Ziv Koren accompanied the IDF to Nepal and shared these photos from the field hospital with the Atlanta Jewish Times.
Slideshow: Ziv Koren’s Photos from Nepal