Photography - When the well is dry, we know the worth of water

by Josua Loots*

It is a common phenomenon in Africa for government and corporate to take advantage of the environment – often to the expense of indigenous people. In the Maluti Mountains of  the  Kingdom of Lesotho, the Basotho people sit and look on at the newly built Lesotho Highlands Water Project. A region that was once their land, their homes, and their lives. Relocated and resettled, these people now often have to live in circumstances where electricity, food or water is but a promise. Promises were made, and promises were broken. What have been theirs for centuries have been taken from them.

Josua Loots is a self-taught photography enthusiast from South Africa. Josua holds a LLB and a LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the Univesity of Pretoria and his interests include human rights, environmental law, mediation and peacekeeping. This photo won the 2012 Human Rights & Democracy Competition organised by the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria.

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  1. Very nice.. Environmental concerns should not just be a chapter of some of the business books that imply more how to shorcut limitation instead, a fully entrenched approach for doing business.




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