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Water Scarcity: These Children Take a Train to Collect Water

India | Reuters | September 26, 2019, 4:07 pm
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 Siddharth Dhage, 10, carries empty water containers along railway tracks at Aurangabad railway station, in Aurangabad. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water.

Siddharth Dhage, 10, carries empty water containers along railway tracks at Aurangabad railway station, in Aurangabad. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. "I don't like to spend time bringing water, but I don't have a choice," Dhage said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Siddharth Dhage, 10, and his neighbour Gaurav Ganesh, 13, sit in the luggage compartment of a train on their journey back to Mukundwadi railway station, in Aurangabad. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. Gaurav accompanies Siddharth on his train journeys whenever he can and helps unload the water containers from the train.

Siddharth Dhage, 10, and his neighbour Gaurav Ganesh, 13, sit in the luggage compartment of a train on their journey back to Mukundwadi railway station, in Aurangabad. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. Gaurav accompanies Siddharth on his train journeys whenever he can and helps unload the water containers from the train. "I don't like to spend time bringing water, but I don't have a choice," Dhage said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Siddharth Dhage, 10, waits to board a train with empty water containers, at Mukundwadi railway station, Aurangabad. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water.

Siddharth Dhage, 10, waits to board a train with empty water containers, at Mukundwadi railway station, Aurangabad. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. "I don't like to spend time bringing water, but I don't have a choice," Dhage said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Siddharth Dhage, 10, and his family gather for breakfast at his home in Aurangabad. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water.

Siddharth Dhage, 10, and his family gather for breakfast at his home in Aurangabad. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. "I don't like to spend time bringing water, but I don't have a choice," Dhage said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Siddharth's mother Jyoti Dhage holds her four month old daughter Akansha as she watches her neighbour Gaurav Ganesh, 13, as he helps fill the containers with water at Aurangabad railway station.

Siddharth's mother Jyoti Dhage holds her four month old daughter Akansha as she watches her neighbour Gaurav Ganesh, 13, as he helps fill the containers with water at Aurangabad railway station. "I'm careful, but sometimes pitchers fall off the door in the melee and our work is wasted," she said. "I can't leave my daughter at home alone so I have to take her along." (Image: Reuters)

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 Anjali Gaikwad, 14, washes clothes at Aurangabad railway station, Aurangabad. Gaikwad and her sisters board the train every few days to collect water and wash clothes. (Image: Reuters)

Anjali Gaikwad, 14, washes clothes at Aurangabad railway station, Aurangabad. Gaikwad and her sisters board the train every few days to collect water and wash clothes. (Image: Reuters)

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 A passenger carrying a toy gun looks out of the window at Aurangabad railway station, Aurangabad. (Image: Reuters)

A passenger carrying a toy gun looks out of the window at Aurangabad railway station, Aurangabad. (Image: Reuters)

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 Jyoti Dhage passes her four-month-old daughter Akansha to her son Siddharth Dhage, 10, at Aurangabad railway station, in Aurangabad.

Jyoti Dhage passes her four-month-old daughter Akansha to her son Siddharth Dhage, 10, at Aurangabad railway station, in Aurangabad. "I'm careful, but sometimes pitchers fall off the door in the melee and our work is wasted," she said. "I can't leave my daughter at home alone so I have to take her along." (Image: Reuters)

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 Prakash Nagre washes himself at Aurangabad railway station, Aurangabad. Nagre carries soap and shampoo to have a bath at the railway station.

Prakash Nagre washes himself at Aurangabad railway station, Aurangabad. Nagre carries soap and shampoo to have a bath at the railway station. "There's no water to bathe at home," he said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Siddharth Dhage, 10, waits for the train to arrive after filling his containers with water at Aurangabad railway station. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water.

Siddharth Dhage, 10, waits for the train to arrive after filling his containers with water at Aurangabad railway station. Dhage is among a small group of children who take a 14 km (9 miles) return train journey from their village in India to fetch water. "I don't like to spend time bringing water, but I don't have a choice," Dhage said. (Image: Reuters)

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 A woman takes hold of a pipe from a water tanker in Aurangabad. (Image: Reuters)

A woman takes hold of a pipe from a water tanker in Aurangabad. (Image: Reuters)

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 Aryan, a brother of 10-year-old Siddharth Dhage, washes his face before going to school, outside his home in Aurangabad. (Image: Reuters)

Aryan, a brother of 10-year-old Siddharth Dhage, washes his face before going to school, outside his home in Aurangabad. (Image: Reuters)

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