Scavenging for Wealth
Pakistan generates 20 million tons of solid waste every year. While the nation lacks a well-defined waste management system, local families have found a way to make a living out of recycling in the specific areas of Karachi Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Surj Rani Town, Nazimabad & Lyari Express. Every morning trucks dump massive amounts of waste in the outskirts of the locations.
The residents of theses area are living under impoverished conditions, gather around to sort the trash. It’s a family affair. Parents and siblings all contribute to the task of sifting trash through the piles in search of metallic objects, plastic containers, etc. which are then sold to run the house. Although a source of income, the task is not without its hazards. Due to financial instability and fall of human rights children can be seen running around bare feet on trash. It’s their play area, it’s their livelihood. While the Industrials and corporate organizations spirit are in the quest for making a lot of money and hiding the scars of their products left in the city which is also risking residing life of Karachi
Photographer: Aziz Changezi
Mentored by Didie Ruef
We will be exhibiting all these projects at Kalma Chowk Metro station and Canal Metro station Lahore Pakistan.
We would be pleased to have you at our exhibition and to share our overwhelming experience with you.
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February 17 – February 19
7 AM to 10 PM
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