Pakistan's water bearers quench thirst in Ramadan

This goat hide bag is a lifeline for families with no running water

Location: Karachi, Pakistan

During Ramadan they rely on the services of ‘mashkis’

who have supplied water to communities for centuries

60-YEAR-OLD WATERSKIN BEARER, MOHAMMAD RAMZAN, SAYING:

"This work is very difficult, but I have to do it. During the month of Ramadan, it becomes especially difficult for people to collect water from water points, so I bring water for them in the hope that Allah will bless me for it, and He will resolve my difficulties. I also earn my living this way."

(SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) RESIDENT OF A 4TH STOREY APARTMENT, MOHAMMAD IMRAN, SAYING:

"In Ramadan, the poor 'Mashkis" have a very tough time delivering water to us inside buildings that are four or five stories high. The tanker people often do not even answer our calls; they also charge too much. We are really grateful to these 'Mashkis'."

It's a vital but vanishing profession

as water companies and tankers increasingly supply residents

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting