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