Belfast Free Library will host a slideshow talk on “Nepal, Before and After the Earthquake,” featuring pre-quake photos and videos by Meghan Vigeant and others, combined with post-quake images from a photography group based in Kathmandu that Vigeant has been in contact with. The slide talk will be Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m.

Two major earthquakes with magnitudes of 7.8 on April 25 and a 7.3 on May 11, plus more than 100 tremors above the magnitude of five, have been rocking the small mountainous country of Nepal for the last month. The surviving citizens of Nepal are wounded and suffering severe trauma. The earthquakes in Nepal have killed 8,500 people and injured nearly 17,000. Countless survivors have lost their homes, family members, and the livestock that gave them sustenance. Many are concerned about the upcoming three months of monsoon rains and the disease it will bring to the millions of people living under tarps.

Three days after the April 25 earthquake Vigeant, a personal historian and owner of Legacy Preserves, began organizing and launched a group called Midcoast Maine Loves Nepal. Vigeant was in Nepal in 2012 documenting a story about inter-caste marriage.

Vigeant’s presentation aims to show Nepal as it was before the earthquakes, an impoverished but culturally rich and beautiful country, as well as showing the current situations and people who are not being covered in the news. This disaster has sparked a robust grass-roots aid movement fueled by technology, social media and a generation frustrated with the bureaucratic channels of traditional relief efforts.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 338-3884 ext.10.