“Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink”
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel T. Coleridge
The photograph is that of an Afghan child in a Pakistani refugee camp waiting with
a plastic bottle for a ration of drinking water. The conflict that ebbs and flows
in Pakistan among ethnic tribes, religious sects, rival militia, Pakistani military
and Western forces (via drones and missiles) has drained the local Pakistani civilians
and the Afghan refugees who fled the conflict in Afghanistan to “safe” refuge in
Pakistan. The turbulent conflicts with plenty of collateral damage have spilled
a lot of innocent blood. While the various combatants jockey for supremacy, the
Pakistani and Afghan civilians suffer the consequences. This photograph is a potent
portrait to all the parties to the conflict about the senseless violence and what
needs to be the primary focus - the innocents caught in the crossfire.
A few cents from each of us will add up to bring much needed sense to stem the tear
drops and provide the much needed drops of water.