In a stricken village in Paktika, ‘Everyone here cried from night to morning.’


Zakiullah Atal, a religious scholar, was asleep at the Islamic seminary where he works in the Gayan district of Afghanistan’s Paktika Province when he was awakened early on Wednesday by the sound of his students shouting.

Miraculously, he said, the earthquake that jolted eastern Afghanistan did not injure anyone at the religious school. But less than 1,000 yards away, the roofs of his house and his brother’s house next door collapsed.

Mr. Zakiullah’s 1-year-old son, Osman, was killed,…



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