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Month in pictures: Pakistan

In November 2013, we visited the SIndh province in Pakistan with photojournalist Mustafah Abdulaziz. In an area that suffered under the extreme floods of 2010 and 2011, the people of the Sindh province face daily water insecurity. In the coastal area of Thatta, the threat of flooding in the rainy season, drought in the dry season and the dependence on livelihoods that are reliant on water, such as farming and fishing, mean that water and its availability dictates the rhythm of daily life. “Women fall unconscious on their way to these dug wells,” said Marvi Bheel, 45, a local resident of Tharparkar village. On summer days temperatures hover around 48 to 50 degrees Celsius (118 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit), and the falling water table means that water must sometimes be hauled from a depth of 150 to 200 feet.

Pakistan is one of six countries where WaterAid is currently working to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene as part of the HSBC Water Programme.

You can hear Mustafah talking about his trip, and some of these images, here. He will also take over our Instagram feed for a full week, from March 22nd to March 30th Our Instagram following grew by more than 20,000 followers in two weeks earlier this year after being featured on their Suggested User list. Follow WaterAid on Instagram from 22 March to view more ofMustafah’s stunning images.

Women in Tharparkar, in the Sindh province of Pakistan, walk for hours in temperatures of up to 50 degrees celcius, to carry water home to their families.

A long way to water Pakistan

Women in Tharparkar, in the Sindh province of Pakistan, walk for hours in temperatures of up to 50 degrees celcius, to carry water home to their families.

Women work together to pull water from deep inside a 130 foot well. Tharparkar, Paksitan.

Working in unison Pakistan

Women work together to pull water from deep inside a 130 foot well. Tharparkar, Paksitan.

Sahida Parveen, 25, sitting next to a non functional handpump, Sahib Lashari, UC Gharo, Thatta, Pakistan, 2013.

Dry wells, dry pumpsPakistan

Sahida Parveen, 25, sitting next to a non functional handpump, Sahib Lashari, UC Gharo, Thatta, Pakistan, 2013.

Village children collecting dirty water from an unprotected water source. In this fishing community there is no school and no water or sanitation facilities, Thatta, Sindh, Pakistan, 2013.

No school, no water, no toilets Pakistan

Village children collecting dirty water from an unprotected water source. In this fishing community there is no school and no water or sanitation facilities, Thatta, Sindh, Pakistan, 2013.

Saroopa 50, is suffering from a bone disease which causes  curvature of the spine; like many other villagers she has developed this condition as a direct result of the high levels of fluoride in the local water supply,  Maouakhraj, Tharparkar, Pakistan, 2013.

Eroded by flouridePakistan

Saroopa 50, is suffering from a bone disease which causes curvature of the spine; like many other villagers she has developed this condition as a direct result of the high levels of fluoride in the local water supply, Maouakhraj, Tharparkar, Pakistan, 2013.