Families in search of water: in photos

Saturday 22nd March 2014 is Globe Water Day. Photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz travelled to Pakistan with WaterAid as component of a larger task searching at water.

In Sindh province, Pakistan, water and its availability dictates the rhythm of everyday existence. Individuals of the remote coastal places of Thatta encounter floods in the rainy season and drought in the dry season, with extreme implications for wellness but also livelihoods: fishermen are without fish to catch farmers are unable to sustain their crops or livestock. By contrast, in the desert plains of Tharparkar, households need to migrate each 3 many years in search of groundwater, which is not only incredibly constrained but also contaminated with substantial amounts of fluoride, foremost to bone abnormalities or skeletal harm. Females, for whom the obligation of collecting water is element of their family duties, invest on common four to 6 hours a day trekking to reach unprotected wells. On summer season days temperatures hover around 48 to 50 degrees Celsius (118 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit) and the falling water table indicates that water need to often be hauled from a depth of 150 to 200 feet. “Women fall unconscious on their way to these dug wells,” said Marvi Bheel, 45, a neighborhood resident in Tharparkar.

Over: Bareej, 27, puts water into a water storage container outside her house, Bewatoo, Tharparkar, Sindh, Pakistan, 2013.

Image: WaterAid/ Mustafah Abdulaziz

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