On December 26, 2003 an earthquake measuring 6.5R hit the city of Bam, a desert oasis, located on the outskirts of the Dasht-e-Lut desert in Southeastern Iran. The earthquake’s epicenter that happened in the heart of Bam inflicted horrendous damage on its mud-brick buildings.

The earthquake took the lives of nearly 50,000 people, close to 20% of the entire population and rendered more than 75,000 people homeless. Three months after such a major catastrophe its people are proving to be resilient from its psychological and economical impacts