The dust may have begun to settle following the deadly earthquake which claimed over 500 lives in Ecuador on Saturday, but the extent of that tragedy is far from fully measured for those who survived.
This week, while scouring the rubble for signs of life amid the devastation, photographer Hugo Cedeño happened upon a truly heartbreaking scene. There, all alone amid the rubble of a home destroyed by the quake, sat a dirtied white dog gazing out upon the sea of wreckage. He was waiting for his owner to return.
The dog's faithful vigil, however, was held in vain. Sadly, his owner was among those who perished.