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I Search for Water: A nomad in my own territory

The dust flies above, heat and sweat unbearably rapid, blisters formed beneath my feet, breathing…softly, harshly sometimes cant…a hoarse breathing….like a request, tongue dried and feathery, and the sun up on me: I SEARCH FOR WATER

I am an indigenous girl from Balochistan, Pakistan. The land with diverse tribes and the province bordering with Afghanistan and Iran. Belonging to a nation with such diverse colors, traditions and culture I have always been fascinated by Balochistan but yes sometimes confused from all this tradition because ever since a child I have witnessed a strange pheno- menon with our indigenous culture. The constant search for water.

Almost all the cultural and traditional fables have stories of water, rain, clouds and monsoon. Rivers are discussed in poetry; happy endings mean it “rained”. Stories my grandmother tells me of people praying, fasting and asking God for rain, for a drop of water and then it would rain, they would be happy and celebrate.

Songs from years ago would chant the hearty songs of ever joyous traditional singers, who would constantly repeat and I say repeat the incoming of clouds, the possibility of rain and then the celebration by wedding the daughters. The daughters, who with two braided heads would stare at the clouds rather shyly and with hearts pounding in their chests, Indeed Its not the rain only that they celebrated, it was the water, the drops of water that fall upon the thirsty lands and their crops danced green in the brightest of days and then is when a family was called prosperous, prospers enough to give back loans, wed their girls and to build their houses from new mud with the glint of red.

Now when the still beautiful chanting from traditional songs urge us to dance with their beautiful beats, we don’t take time to ever halt and concentrate because in those hearty words is the reality of Balochistans future. A Climatically Challenged area where barren lands have already given up struggling to live and are Turing to desertification. The province is going to be and perhaps already is an exposed vulnerability in the face of Climate Change.

Balochistans traditional forms of livelihood and using of agricultural land have now slowly been changing, The two methods Khushkaba and Sailaba of agriculture are diverted, the usually making of bands to use up flood water for lands doesn’t work because floods have change course as now even the ingenious knowledge can’t predict from where the flesh floods would be attacking, once a blessing to the people of valleys in Baluchistan, mountains are now a danger of disaster them.

In all this we are aware that indigenous people are the first ones to be worst hit by climate change and its already started to happen all around the world and in Balochistan as well. The search that started from time we don’t even know of is still going on, the search for water and it is not estimated when this search actually becomes a “fight” for water. But I know one thing, today on the blog action day for water as the world talks about water; don’t forget the people deep down in the dry hard lands, walking miles in the heat and dust for the search of water.

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olutosin's picture

NO I will not

Who will read this blog and forget the people deep down in the dry lands, walking miles in the heat dust for search for water? My heart goes out to my people there,
I can understand more than you have written my dear sister and friend.
Well done, this is a good work. It surely goes farther than here....you are a promising one and my eyes are on you.....Keep up being the voice darling.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Khalida Brohi's picture

Thank you

Dear Olutosin,

Thank you so much for your kind words, I deeply respect your understanding and feel really motivated having to find myself surrounded by supporters here at Worldpluse.
I hope to be able to succeed in being someones voice, thank you again for the kind encouragement.
Honored to be a part of this network and would love to contribute, share and learn more.

With Respect,
Khalida Brohi

SLaw's picture

Khalida, you paint a stark

Khalida, you paint a stark and rivetting picture of the quest of your people for a basic human need! Thanks for doing your part to call the world's attention to the growing world water shortage.

Wish you the best in your endeavors!

Kathleen Abood's picture

I SEARCH FOR WATER

You have brought the forgotten story of our nomadic communities into the bright light of global awareness. Thank you for a view into your life and your courage to speak up!

Kathleen Abood

Khalida Brohi's picture

Thank you

Thank you so much for the kind words, I remember as a child I used to love throwing stones in the water the way it created bigger circles of movement, Now I see why I liked that because I have learned the power of raising voices and hearing them echo from all around us. Thank you again for reading my post. Honored to be able to share and keen to learn a lot from here,

With Wishes,
Khalida Brohi

Dear Khalida,
you have drawn attention to a very serious problem being faced by people in the Indian sub continent most which is arid or semi arid with little rainfall which occurs in bursts. Due to deforestation these bursts of rainfall which earlier used to get recharged into the ground instead run off and so the rivers and streams go dry after the monsoons as there is no base flow from the depleted groundwater aquifers. The need of the hour is for implementing of artificial recharge and water harvesting projects.

Subhadra Khaperde
India

As I was reading my eyes could visualise all the stories passed on from generations to generation and the scarcity of water in your area. It felt like this search for water is the same search of freedom and what is really paramount is the effects of Global climate change. Thank you so much for being that voice, for reminding us to take a little care in our environment without being pushy. It is a gift to be able to do that and once I finish posting this, I believe each time I drink some water, I will think about the people in that area.

Rudzanimbilu Muthambi

flickerstudios's picture

hey nice words u hv used

really good yar. ur words r soo powerful. write more

tocssfoundation's picture

Good passion, great work. I

Good passion, great work.
I feel the pulse quite closely...
Together with you, this World will become a better place.
Regards

Shalom.

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your kind understanding, I am more then honored to have been able to share what its like for some of us to be deprived of the rights. If everyone started to take prompt actions of consideration like you all, I think change is on its way!

With Deep Respect,
Khalida Brohi

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