Pakistan's remote Federally Administered Tribal Areas
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These photographs were taken by a group of 17 young photojournalists from Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Their photographs were part of a joint training conducted by National Geographic and the media development nonprofit Internews with support from USAID.
A woman returns home after fetching water in a village in Mohmand Agency (FATA). It is a woman’s task to collect and carry water for domestic use. Village houses usually do not have a direct water supply. Alamgir Khan
In Mohmand Agency an elder listens to the radio, a dependable mode of communication in tribal areas where people have limited resources, but want to keep themselves informed. Alamgir Khan
In Mohmand Agency, a teacher reads the lesson to her students. The government-run girl’s primary school does not exist anymore, as it was destroyed in a bomb attack by the militants who oppose education for girls. Now these girls come to a private home for schooling. Hina Gul Mohmand
Baseer runs a pottery workshop in Jamrud, Khyber Agency. He works on a machine pedaled by his feet. Some of his pots are used for drinking water; others are for children to collect coins called khazana (treasure), in the local language. To get the money out, the children have to break the pot. Muhammad Khalid Afridi
Young men of Mohmand Agency play volleyball in their leisure time. They put up a net in any available space in the neighborhood. Their enthusiasm attracts large audiences of various ages. Hina Gul
In Mohmand Agency, near the Afghan-Pakistan border, an elderly man offers suggestions to tribal elders during a grand jirga, a tribal town meeting organized by villagers. Hundreds of young and old residents gather to share and discuss problems until they agree on a way to resolve them. Alamgir Khan
Wrapped in traditional cloaks to ward off a cold evening, four men gather around tea and an old radio in the village of Landi Kotal. Shah Jehan
This man prays on a mat laid beside a lake in Orakzai Agency. Muslims pray five times a day. He carries his prayer mat with him even while travelling so he does not have to miss his prayers. Saeed Ullah
More than 10,000 Pakistanis are fleeing to neighboring Afghanistan, and tens of thousands to Bannu, Pakistan. A ground offensive against the Pakistani Taliban is expected any day.
ByJibran Ahmed, Reuters
Their belongings piled high on buses, rickety donkey carts and tractors, thousands of refugees poured out of Pakistan's North Waziristan on Thursday, terrified by both state troops and Taliban insurgents fighting for control of the troubled region.