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Damon Lynch | profile | all galleries >> Living on the railway tracks tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Living on the railway tracks

These poor Muslims and Hindus live right alongside the railway tracks in Cantt Extension, Karachi. They are sandwiched between the tracks and a wall. Life is hard. They live in tents or under railway bridges. There is no privacy at all. Garbage litters the road on the other side of the wall.

It does not take a doctor to figure out that the children are suffering from diseases which are likely easily treatable if only they had the means to afford such treatment. Malnutrition might be a problem for some.

Some middle class Karachites approached me in a car as I was coming up beside the settlement and asked me why I was there alone, saying it was very dangerous. Nevertheless I felt safe the entire time. Indeed, I was extremely happy to be there with the people and they were thrilled to have their photos taken.

There are few women in the photos from their mid teens till their forties, because even when their husbands were pushing them to have their photo taken they politely refused for cultural reasons :)

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