Hundreds of mourners gathered on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil in memory of the thousands of people who lost their lives in the massive Nepal earthquake on Saturday.
Imagine not knowing whether your parents are dead or alive – for five days.
That’s the reality facing one Vancouverite – who attended a vigil alongside hundreds of others.
“I have been unable to contact my family, my parents.”
He says he feels helpless.
It’s been five days since the earthquake struck, and he still hasn’t heard from his parents.
They live in a rural village near Kathmandu.
“I would like to believe they are okay, I hope, electricity is down, internet is down, phone is down, I couldn’t sleep last night, I couldn’t sleep the night before.”
Others are grateful they’ve managed to contact their families.
“My brother lives there with his family, they are all okay though.”
“I am Nepalese so it has affected my family right, my family is back home, so I am just here to support.”
“My parents are back home, next to Kathmandu, which is a heavily affected area.”
The words “Help Nepal” were outlined in candles, as volunteers collected donations to the Red Cross.
Organizers held a moment a silence, before a prayer and chant.
The Nepal Cultural Society of BC also encouraged donations to the Red Cross.