This is what the face of the poorest of poor in Pakistan looks like

UAE-based photographer travels through Sahiwal to photograph people living on less than $2 per day

Web Desk July 25, 2015
PHOTO: SOHAIL KARMANI/HOTSPOT MEDIA

With over 60% of the population living under $2 a day, United Arab Emirates based photographer Sohail Karmani travelled to Pakistan with his camera to capture what do these people look like.

Karmani, who works as a writing professor in Abu Dhabi’s New York University, photographed the poorest of poor Pakistanis living in Sahiwal over a period of two weeks.

The result is below:

PHOTO: SOHAIL KARMANI/HOTSPOT MEDIA

Read: Helping hands: 21% people in Punjab living below poverty line, says minister

The photographer wandered around the city to see what stories do such people tell.

Karmani, 48, met people of all age groups; from children to heroin addicts to homeless people, from mystics and fruit-sellers to snake charmers.

PHOTO: SOHAIL KARMANI/HOTSPOT MEDIA

Sahiwal is the 22nd largest city of the country and boasts a population of around 270,000 people, 99 per cent of whom are Muslim.

Read: Below the line: Increasing poverty affecting 40% population, says report

PHOTO: SOHAIL KARMANI/HOTSPOT MEDIA

For inhabitants of this town, poverty is not the only challenge. The weather in Sahiwal is a mean foe, reaching as high as 45 degrees Celsius in the summer and dropping to just two degrees Celsius during the winter, it offers the poor no quarter.

Karmani’s camera discovered how people managed to survive against such odd circumstances.

PHOTO: SOHAIL KARMANI/HOTSPOT MEDIA

PHOTO: SOHAIL KARMANI/HOTSPOT MEDIA

PHOTO: SOHAIL KARMANI/HOTSPOT MEDIA

This article originally appeared on Daily Mail

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ishrat salim | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend @SEAsian: why most of you are after the nukes, it is the only deterrence we have against Indian bad intention, or are you one of those paid India agent ? Instead of getting back the looted money & spend on the poor, you are suggesting we divert from nuke development. Instead of finding solutions for proper governance & stop people from loot & plunder, you are suggesting something that is not FOR SALE.
AA | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend @mahakaalchakra: Most people in SA live in abject poverty, that is true, but the root cause is not over population. The staple crop in this region is, rice and wheat, both are in abundance. The two largest countries export access rice and wheat. There had been no famine in this region since the Bengal Famine of 1943. Even that was not caused by shortage of food, rather it was a result of inflation. High prices elsewhere caused the food prices rising out of local purchasing power. People were dying outside of warehouses full of food to be shipped out to other regions. The root cause of this abject poverty is the feudal mindset, in which certain quarters of the society are discriminated in economic opportunities. Those who owns the means of production by virtue of cast and creed subjugate others. In India resides many of the richest 10 people of the world and 300 hundred million who earn less than a dollar a day. Governments of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh does not invest in human capital. The allocation for education is 2.3 percent in India, 2.1 percent in Pakistan and 1.8 percent in Bangladesh. The uneducated masses serve the needs of elite ruling class.
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