According to recent statistics, South Africa, Haiti and Namibia are the most unequal societies in the world. Surprisingly Pakistan doesn’t come out on top. However as someone whose been living over here for a long time I can vouch that the distribution of wealth in the country is extremely unequal.
To put things into perspective I’ve posted two side by side images of two polar opposite worlds. The first photograph is from the room of Mushtaque, a day labourer. He shares the space with five more people.
Along with the clothes that he’s already wearing these are the only other items of clothing that he owns. He came to the city a year back from Sanghar, a town in interior Sindh. He makes around Rs 8000-10000 a month working odd jobs. He sends most of the money back home to support his parents, wife and three kids.
The second photograph is from the interior of a ladies boutique in a more upscale part of town. With Mushtaque’s salary you’d be lucky if you could afford to buy one whole clothing item from this store.