March 2, 2022
“The main work in our village is animal husbandry and there are about 20 thousand small and large animals. Stock raising is getting harder and harder. When it snows a lot during winters, the roads get blocked and we cannot leave the village. The roads remain closed for months. Our biggest problem is water. The village does not have drinking water. We get this water from wells. During winter, the water freezes and we cannot use it. We can melt snow for our needs but our animals die in thirst. So far; four of my animals have died due to lack of water. Just as how human beings cannot live without water, neither can animals. Every year we face this problem. In the summer the water dries up, so in the spring we take the animals to the towns of the Sarhad region and stay in the mountains there until autumn and then return to the village. Living in the countryside and stock raising are very difficult now. Due to these difficulties many villagers are moving to the cities. We have no choice”.