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THE OLD AND ELDERLY BANJARA FARMERS SALVAGING THEIR DROUGHT-HIT VILLAGE IN MARATHWADA

Updated: Sep 5, 2019


Despite the recurring treacherous droughts, a wave of hope and valor has swept the farmers of a small village of Beed district in Marathwada. The Marathwada region of Maharashtra is one of the most drought-prone zones in India. In the wake of distress mass exodus of the youth from the village, the old and elderly of the Banjara community (nomadic tribe) of Nanewadi village have taken up the plough and hit the parched land to build water recharge structures. This region has seen three droughts in just four years. A drought unprecedented of its kind has rendered the landscape to be one of the most water scarce regions of the country. Team WPN has attempted to capture the narratives of resilience and valor of some of the most vulnerable people in the country right now.