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Visualising Disaster

Gojal after the Attabad landslide in Northern Pakistan

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Martin Sökefeld

I took these photos during two brief visits in November 2010 and February 2011. These visits lasted for a total of three weeks. Whilst I have been acquainted with the area since my doctoral fieldwork in Pakistan’s high-mountain area in the early 1990s, these were my first visits after the landslide. The photos included in this essay attempt to capture certain aspects of life in Gojal since the formation of the lake. After a short introduction to society in Gojal, I will briefly discuss three consequences of the landslide which from a local perspective are considered the most disastrous effects of rising water levels within this area: destruction, (dis)connection and dependency.