Magazine article New Internationalist

Exodus

Magazine article New Internationalist

Exodus

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THE tents, if you can call them that, are two bits of thin board leant precariously against one another. A bright-blue piece of plastic for a door, newspaper-and-cardboard walls, patchworked plastic bags for waterproofing - and two ends open to the elements. Naked children play in their doorways, drawing in the dust. Tiny girls carry even tinier babies on cocked hips, already woman-like from their habitual burden. The tents line the roadsides as you drive into the city.

Shivaji and Nagaraj Nayack live in a tent city outside Bangalore. 'The tent city, this year it's like a mountain,' says Shivaji. 'Because of the drought there are so many more people looking for jobs.' They're brothers from the adivasi ('tribal') village of Thulisilaysanaickthanda in southern Andhra Pradesh, where at least half of the population has left for Bangalore or neighbouring towns to look for coolie work - making bricks or tiles, loading and unloading sand and bricks, laying telephone cables, stone-cutting. …

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