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Balochistan: Portraits Of Life On The Brink

Balochistan, a vast, resource-rich desert region spanning Pakistan and Iran, is a hotbed of separatist conflict. In his new book titled "Balochistan at a Crossroads," journalist Willem Marx and photographer Marc Watterlot documented the suffering and struggles of Baluch people living in underdeveloped and marginalized communities in both Pakistan and Iran.

A group of fighters from the Baloch Liberation Army pose with their weapons around the campfire.
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A group of fighters from the Baloch Liberation Army pose with their weapons around the campfire.

A child sits inside a makeshift school building built by Baloch refugees who fled the violence that engulfed their remote rural villages.
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A child sits inside a makeshift school building built by Baloch refugees who fled the violence that engulfed their remote rural villages.

The Kech valley to the north of Gwadar is representative of the beautiful but desolate landscapes of the Makran coastal region of Balochistan.
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The Kech valley to the north of Gwadar is representative of the beautiful but desolate landscapes of the Makran coastal region of Balochistan.

An elderly woman is one of many Baloch people to have moved from a rural region to the area surrounding Gwadar port in search of work.
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An elderly woman is one of many Baloch people to have moved from a rural region to the area surrounding Gwadar port in search of work.

On the outskirts of the port town of Gwadar, a Baloch woman returns to her home, built primarily from branches and cloth rags.
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On the outskirts of the port town of Gwadar, a Baloch woman returns to her home, built primarily from branches and cloth rags.

A girl in Quetta wears a bandana supporting the Baloch Liberation Army, a nationalist militant group.
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A girl in Quetta wears a bandana supporting the Baloch Liberation Army, a nationalist militant group.

A rally in Quetta to mark the day in 1948 when Pakistan annexed a short-lived independent Baloch state.
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A rally in Quetta to mark the day in 1948 when Pakistan annexed a short-lived independent Baloch state.

Residents from a nearby village visit a guerrilla encampment belonging to the Baloch Liberation Army.
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Residents from a nearby village visit a guerrilla encampment belonging to the Baloch Liberation Army.

Not far from the strategic Bolan Pass, a member of the Baloch Liberation Army keeps watch.
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Not far from the strategic Bolan Pass, a member of the Baloch Liberation Army keeps watch.

Outside the front door of the late tribal leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti's home, several Bugti tribesmen stand guard, while others wait for an audience with their chieftain.
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Outside the front door of the late tribal leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti's home, several Bugti tribesmen stand guard, while others wait for an audience with their chieftain.

Insurgent fighters belonging to the Baloch nationalist movement sit in the back of a pick-up truck near the town of Dera Bugti.
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Insurgent fighters belonging to the Baloch nationalist movement sit in the back of a pick-up truck near the town of Dera Bugti.

An AK-47 that has been personalized by its owner, a member of the Baloch Liberation Army.
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An AK-47 that has been personalized by its owner, a member of the Baloch Liberation Army.

Imdad Baloch once headed up a Baloch student movement before he was abducted and tortured by agents from a Pakistani military intelligence agency.
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Imdad Baloch once headed up a Baloch student movement before he was abducted and tortured by agents from a Pakistani military intelligence agency.

During the intense afternoon heat, Baloch Liberation Army guerillas travel along the floor of a valley in territory under their control.
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During the intense afternoon heat, Baloch Liberation Army guerillas travel along the floor of a valley in territory under their control.

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