Aired on Foreign Exchange June 23, 2009.
Began airing on Foreign Exchange June 19, 2009
A truck depot is about the last place on earth you'd expect to find an art scene. But in Pakistan, the tradition of painting and detailing trucks adds glitter and glamour to the transport business, and offers a colorful distraction in a country tormented by war and political instability.
Video by Alex Stonehill for the Common Language Project
Produced in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
The fight for control of the Swat Valley and the future of Pakistan.
Journalists Sarah Stuteville and Alex Stonehill spent six weeks crisscrossing Pakistan to report on the country's growing education crisis. Both are funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and spoke recently with iWitness from Karachi about their experience.
The truck artists of Karachi apply a splash of color to an otherwise bleak canvas.
A Karachi-based group bent on eradicating child labor is offering school lessons outside working hours.
Sher Shah is a hard-working neighborhood — a confusing knot of cramped lanes offering up a riot of rattling power looms, puttering motors and booming furnaces. This rough suburb, with its garment factories, machine shops and scrap metal smelters far from the imposing cement skyscrapers of the city center, forms the industrial gut of Karachi.
Listen to this story at World Vision Report.
Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis were already fleeing the Swat Valley before the latest fighting broke out.
Sher Ali Khan, 55, is one of them. He fled his home in a village in the Swat Valley nine months ago. Sher Ali Khan now lives in a rented house in Landhi, a largely Pashtun settlement on the outskirts of Karachi.