Mr Ali Akbar comes from the desert area of Tharparkar, ignored by many in the country and only recently brought to spotlight when the Pakistani audience were told of dozens of children dying due to malnutrition and famine. In all the disturbing stories Mr Ali Akbar is one of those people who are not waiting for the Government to take notice - he is taking things into his own hands because it is after all his problem, in his home.
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