In Aretika village (Meghalaya, India), fishing has been a key source of livelihood. “When collecting water from the river, people had to cover their pots with rags to keep the fish out,” recollects a fisherman.
Recently, a number of illegal coal mines have come up along its streams. They expel a lot of dust and waste that ends up straight in the waters. This is killing off the fish. Ironically, the fishermen’s livelihoods have been reduced to collecting and selling coal that washes up on the river banks. They make around 2 dollars when they sell 50 kilograms.
In this video, some people from Aretika take you around their village, their plantations, their streams… and talk to their fishermen about how they have been coping. They made this video themselves, with support from InsightShare.
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