Noori Jam Tamachi is a legendary figure in Thatta, Pakistan. The traditional tale describes her as a fisherwoman from Keenjhar Lake who married a local prince. Famed for her intelligence and admired for her kindness, Noori (“shining light” in Urdu) is buried in the middle of the lake, where there is now a shrine. Her enduring spirit can be seen as a beacon for the children who live in the region.
Award-winning photographer Malin Fezehai travelled with WaterAid to the Thatta region in southeastern Pakistan to document the effects of climate change and water scarcity on the lives of schoolchildren living in the Indus River Delta. Pakistan is highly vulnerable to climate change due to its geography, high dependence on agriculture and limited water resources. Flooding, salinisation of groundwater and high temperatures are all on the increase, with potentially devastating consequences.
With the 31 images in this exhibition, Malin takes us on a journey through the canals and inlets of the Indus River Delta, as they flow from one of Pakistan’s largest and most beautiful lakes, the Keenjhar – the source of drinking water for Karachi’s 16.6 million inhabitants – through to the schools and communities in the region.