Salt Children

Regarded as a biosphere reserve, Little Rann of Kutch in the state of Gujarat, India is an ecologically important and biodiversity rich landscape. Famed as the last refuge of the Wild Ass is also home to many diverse migratory birds that includes Merlin, Pelicans, Flamingos, Imperial Eagles etc. It is also home to smaller predators Desert Fox and Indian Wolf.

For centuries nomadic tribes called Agarias have been involved in the salt panning activity inside the sanctuary. Children elsewhere may get a chance to play in the fields, in the school, play grounds, slide, on the swing, but these two children Mahesh (Boy – 6 yrs) and Janak (Girl 5 yrs), have got only the Salt mounds to play everyday. Living far away from everything in the world, in the desert, their father works on the salt pans inside the Wild Ass Sanctuary in Western India. The nearest village for them is a good 10 miles and they get their vegetables once every fortnight, weather permitting. He earns a total of $ 40.00 every month to sustain his family of 3 children, wife and his widowed mother.

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