The Hunza River has been dammed since the 4th of January 2010. People living upstream of the blockade are forced to travel in open and unsafe boats to reach markets, hospitals and other facilities located in central parts of Hunza or further south in Gilgit and beyond.
Our senior correspondent recently crossed the dammed river in an open boat. He has captured the hardships faced by the commuters while traveling in open boats across the partially frozen lake.
USAID had donated two boats for the Gojal Valley, to be used during emergencies for carrying patients across the dammed river. Nothing is known of the boats and Hunza’s representatives are mysteriously silent on the issue despite of the public’s hue and cry.