Drinking water issue in Lower Dir , Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Country/area: Pakistan

Organisation: Deutch Welle *DW

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 18/12/2021

Credit: Fayaz Uddin


Myself Fayaz Ud Din. I belong to underprivileged district Dir in KPK. I have completed my bachelors in 2020 in Mass media communication from Abdul Wali Khan University. After my graduation I did my internship in regional news channel of Pushto. After learning during my internship, I accomplish to have job as assistant producer and then got promoted to position of producer in same channel. But when I saw things to be repeated again and again so I thought might be there is no more learning opportunities here. After resigning from mashriq channel I joined a real estate company as a media executive and along with that I am working as freelancer too.

Project description:

 Unnecessary construction in Malakand Division has had a major impact on water over the last decade. Due to the extraction of sand from the largest river in Malakand Division, Pahajnkora, the water level there is declining day by day. About 10 years ago, there were springs and rivers everywhere in large quantities but now they are gone. If you wanted to make it, you could easily draw water from 5 to 10 yards, but nowadays, after 30 to 40 yards, water can hardly come out. 

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I have covered my story on enviromental journalism and the story was totally covered and edited by mobile.

DW Akadamie was announced a Enviromental Journalism competition on indo-pacifac Rivers.

In pakistan my story has secured 1st place out of 10 .

What was the hardest part of this project?

The first thing is that i belong to a remote area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa , Pakistan, secondly in under develop countries like pakistan , india and bangladesh no one has the attention to work on enviroment to take a part in climatic change. 

Hailing from a remote area and working on the enviroment is not that much easy for us .

While covering the story it was so difficult to convince the locals of the area for comments , because they are camera hatters. 

While shooting the most discouragaging part when the land lords refuse to bring this issue on media.

What can others learn from this project?

Media play a vital role in every part of life , currently i noticed that we are already in the grip of climate change , our national media is going for TRP, they even for TRP propagate and exajarate the issues, but majority journalist even dont know in our country about enviromental journalims , journalists need to work on the coming disaster , if from now we all togather not work on this main and burninh issue so i think future is very Dark.

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