Stuck Between the Tracks. A Photo Essay by Muhammed Furqan
Mareerr Hassan Slum in Rawalpindi
August 10, 2012 /Photography News/ Between two rail tracks near Rawalpindi railway station in Pakistan lies a 35 years old slum called ‘‘Mareerr Hassan Basti’’ named after a square nearby. With a population of 1000, about 80 families live in government land between the two tracks. With absence of basic facilities like health, education, hygiene and drinking water, one is left in awe to see the living conditions these families live in. The families living here belong to ‘‘Od’’ community who make their living by begging, day labouring, and even prostitution.
Photos and text: Muhammed Furqan. All rights reserved.
|About 50 trains pass through the two railway lines which run parallel to the slum|
|A sewerage system is non-existent and litter fills the pathways|
|Traditionally, Od men spend most time at home taking care of children as women go out to beg|
|With no schools in the slum, children spend most of their time in the playground nearby|
|These slum kids have no future other than beggary or even crime|
|An Od woman preparing lunch for the family|
The residents of the slum live in constant fear of city municipal authorities who tear up their tents in a drive to ‘‘clean up the city’’
|In case of rain, the slum is literally filled with rain water|
|Residents tell its difficult to even walk in case of heavy rains|
|A train passing by the slum|
|Another view of the slum|