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LET’S REPAIR JOY Story by Saba Rehman

Dalai Lama quoted that “Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions”

This could be rightly fixed in Pakistani villagers who live in their mud houses. Villagers in Pakistan commonly live in houses made of clay or mud. They considered it cold in the summer season and hot in winters. They repair their homes time to time but usually do it before any festivals like Eid in Pakistan. Sometimes they do practice this repairing before winter season arrives.

While working on this photo story in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan one of the kids of the family said that “Life is made of mud so let’s repair our joy”

Father of the family elaborated that originally, we do such kinds of wall repairing on some special occasions like before the wedding, any Islamic Festival. Right now we hadn’t intended to get down to any work of this type on the home until the next year Islamic festival Eid. But, while we were looking at the walls of our home that there are so many cracks, which is for sure not safe for all of us .we realized that we might have to carry out some immediate repairs in our home. This process of repairing home walls called “LEIO” in the Pashto language.

Lady of the home told me that such type of repair is usually done by the ladies of the house as it’s an inside job so any women can contribute and repair their home walls within days. To start, we have to do our survey related that which walls need repairing after having discovered the damaged portions, we decided that leaving it until the New Year might not be an option, so we start working on it. Children of the family also participated in such activities and help their elders.

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Saba Rehman Mohmand
Saba Rehman Mohmand is a photojournalist from Pakistan and right now she is only one from all FATA & Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

She is a tribal girl who studied photojournalism from National Geographic Washington DC USA. Saba did her master in Journalism and mass communication.
she is working as a freelance photojournalist for BBC Urdu and Next Lifestyle TV the USA.


  1. Beside from photojournalism (you are great at it), fabulous piece of writing, Highlighting and Addressing the most unsung issues of our pashtoon Society #INSPIRATION

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