Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Taking shelter from the storm

Children take shelter from a sandstorm on the outskirts of Islamabad. They are from Pakistan’s Mohmand region (on the Afghanistan border) where thousands of families have been displaced & separated as a result of Pakistani & US military operations in the region. It’s an impoverished area to begin with & thousands migrate abroad & within Pakistan to find work. Many migrants are unaccompanied minors. A third of children under 5 years-old suffer malnutrition & under half of the people do not have access to clean water & sanitation facilities. Some analysts claim the impoverishment is due to feudal relations in the district but these same analysts don’t mention the bombing & shelling or predatory practices of the capitalist government. (Photo by Anjum Naveed/AP)

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