The Humble Auto-rickshaw Driver

Auto-rickshaw driver Sher Zaman packed more than 10 people into a LPG-powered vehicle meant to carry three passengers to escape the conflict in Swat valley, May 2009.

Auto-rickshaw driver Sher Zaman packed more than 10 people into a LPG-powered vehicle meant to carry three passengers to escape the conflict in Swat valley, May 2009.

I met Sher Zaman in the sweltering plains of Punjab in May 2009. It was my first brush with the Swatis, who first told me: ” Janad ubeyo” (Our Paradise is lost). It was this meeting that set a burning question into my head: “What does Paradise look like?” His big-heartedness opened up a whole new world in my mind, and made me want to see his homeland once peace returned.

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