Spain – Grenada – Detail of the hammam in the Palace of the Alhambra


Spain – Grenada – Architectural detail of the Palace at the Alhambra


Spain – Grenada – Details of Arabesque columns inside the Alhambra Palace


Spain – Grenada – Detail of a stone path


Spain – Grenada – Detail of an arch in the Court of the Lions, Alhambra Palace


Spain – Grenada – Detail of Arabesque arch, Alhambra Palace


Spain – Grenada – Detail of Arabesque arch, Alhambra Palace


Spain – Grenada – Detail of the pool of the Partal in the Alta Alhambra


Spain – Grenada – Shadow of roof tiles on a wall at the Alhambra Palace

Delhi’s water mafia

As Delhi labours under relentless 45 degree heat, the availability of water is as ever, a battleground. According to India Today (quoting an investigation by The Mail) reporters have uncovered a nexus of corrupt Delhi Jal Board (the local authority that looks after water in the city) employees and private tanker operators offering water for sale at inflated prices. Delhi, like many Developing World cities has a particularly rickety infrastructure when in comes to water supply. Illegal drilling of underground aquifers and horrendous pollution mean that at the best of times water supply is erratic. Add in seemingly endless low-level corruption and you have a perfect storm. I made a film about Delhi’s water wars a couple of years ago for Channel 4. You can see it here. As I said at the time, for the middle classes, access to water is an expensive and miserable inconvenience but to the poor and the slum dwellers, it is literally a daily fight. As my images show…


India – New Delhi – Slum dwellers scramble for water in Jai Hind Camp. The camp is home to perhaps 3000-4000 migrant workers from all over India. It has no water supplies at all so once a day, the Municipal JAL Board truck delivers some water. There is never enough for the expanding population to go around and some are left with nothing.


India – New Delhi – Women at the Kusumpur Pahari slum fight for water after a tanker delivery. Built more than thirty years ago the slum has no running water or sewage facilities. The only water supply come from the Municipal JAL Board water trucks that visit several times a day. The deliveries are supposed to be free but in reality, residents must pay bribes to have the water delivered.


India – New Delhi – A woman pushes her bike home after filling many cans from a water tanker in Kusumpur Pahari.


India – New Delhi – Middle class housewives in the Vasant Kunj area wait for water to be pumped into their water tanks from a JAL Board tanker. Vasant Kunj is one of many places in New Delhi that has frequent loss of mains water and relies on such infrequent tanker deliveries


Dart Centre Retreat

Some weeks ago I was invited by the Dart Centre, an extraordinary resource for journalists who cover trauma in their work, to participate in a long weekend retreat in peaceful hotel the English countryside. The Dart Centre is a project of the Columbia University Graduate School Programme and seeks to promote best practice in the fields of reporting and understanding of trauma, human rights and conflict world wide. I was accompanied by a lovely group of very experienced journalists from amongst others, the BBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera, The Sunday Times and The Associated Press. It was an honour to be part of this and my thanks to Dart for inviting me on such an informative and helpful weekend.

My special thanks to my colleague Lefteris Pitarakis who kindly provided an image of me during my presentation talk.


Dart Centre Europe weekend retreat in Weymouth, England, Saturday April 27, Sunday April 28, 2012. (Photo ©Lefteris Pitarakis)