Data Durbar: Food Crisis

Posted on May 6, 2008
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These photographs were taken at Daata Sahib (Daata Darbar), Lahore, on Sunday, May 4, by Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti. The suggested photo description reads:

Pakistani[s] struggle to get a piece of bread during a food distribution outside the Data Durbar mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday, May 4, 2008. World rice and other grains prices have risen sharply this year because of growing demand, poor weather and rising cost of petroleum in some grain-producing countries. Some Asian countries, including India and Vietnam, recently suspended rice exports to guarantee their own supplies.

The current – and future – food crisis (in Pakistan and elsewhere) is something that I spend a lot of time thinking about in my professional life these days. And Daata Sahib is a place I have been visiting for longer than I can remember. Based on this, I can say that had the photographer gone to Data Sahab at just about any time he could have taken such photographs of people who come to get food being distributed as charity by the devotees. That fact notwithstanding, the pictures are poignant metaphors for a food crisis that is real and shows all signs of becoming ever more real for ever more people. And all over the world, including in Pakistan.

In the case of Pakistan, the food crisis comes hand in hand with an energy crisis and in an environment already rife with political uncertainty and extremist threats. Food and energy shortages could become worse this summer. Food shortages do not make a companion to long periods of energy outages (load-shedding). This is a dangerous mix and those currently engrossed in political shenanigans might soon find that their best laid political plans would come to naught if these basic needs remain unmet.

Passions flared by empty stomachs and load-shedding induced restlessness can be a terrible thing.

39 responses to “Data Durbar: Food Crisis”

  1. oh thts too bad we should have to help each other before it get more worse

  2. nouman says:

    I don’t want to get into this all stupid matters of politics i just want to say that we all human can live a better life’s by helping each other like mr. asim said he cannot feed everyone in this country/city but I cannot feed at least 1 or 2 such needy persons!, he meant that he can feed 1 or 2 such needy person’s so by mistake he wrote i guess see we all pure good clean white sweet brave innocent muslims can do it, i dont know him or never seen him i just got in to google for a search for some important need and i saw this asim’s comment that he is mistaken here so what can i do for his good comment that every muslim should do it dont feel why should i be consern if he is wrong then let it be i dont care actually i am am indian and i love all my human nature that allah gifted us and we all should thank to allah for this beautifull living things non living things dont fight each other just feel and try to convence the disturbed person if u see some thing wrong around u so you just try to fix it or make some one to fix him or her try to feel if he or she is doing wrong why is it so their might be some pro with them only for allah sake and we all are brother and sisters bye for now and ill pray for each and every muslim may live there lives safe and sugarly u know what do i mean by sugarly and u ppl also pray for me .ALLAH HAFIZ

  3. sharafatali says:

    im from city kasur kot murad khan i like this tombs

  4. annie says:

    i think this is the punishment given to us by God we left behind our values & our religion so let us again follow the islamic teachings and then we all witness that whole scenario change

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