Tharparkar: The history and culture amid catastrophe

Away from the misery, the region boasts a rich cultural and religious heritage.

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Tharparkar, Pakistan - Tharparkar, a district spread over 20,000sq kilometres, lies in Pakistan's southern Sindh province.

Almost 2,000 children under the age of five have died in Tharparkar since 2011. 

But the region paints a picture of beauty and adversity, for beneath the alarming mortality figures are deeper issues hampering human existence in this geographically, culturally and religiously complex district of almost 1.5 million people.

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Poverty, population growth, lack of clean drinking water, unemployment and high illiteracy rates have seemingly trapped Tharparkar in a state of catastrophe.

Centuries-old temples, uniquely built houses and eye-catching handicraft remain shrouded under the persistent clouds of neglect. And there is the lack of awareness that keeps its history in its purest form, albeit in a constant state of deterioration.

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