Mustafah Abdulaziz‘s Water (2012-2018) is photographic typology of a natural resource in crisis. Structured into chapters, the project reflects on our relationship with water, how we use and misuse it, to ultimately understand our place within one of the greatest challenges of our time. This on-going project, spanning water issues from 32 countries, has received grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, commissions from the United Nations and WaterAid.
His project Water Scarcity: Ethiopia & Pakistan is the first step on that long photographic journey.
Although Uchiya Nallo, 29, is eight months pregnant and spends half of her day climbing up a mountain side carrying 20 litres of water (approximately 20kg, the average weight allowance for a suitcase when flying), she is still worrying about prepraring beer for visiting guests after she’s given birth.
Children take a break during their journey for water, huddling against the wind in the desert of the southern Sindh province, where the 2011 earthquake left the land flooded and soaked into salt. Agriculture in the region has been devastated.
/all photos © Mustafah Abdulaziz/
For more on Mustafah Abdulaziz and his work, visit his official website.