The fisherman's beacon

Fishermen risk life and limb to get their catch. Helping them assert their rights is the indomitable Mohammed Ali Shah, chairperson of the Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum and a member of the fishing community. "We educate fishermen about their rights,' he says. "We tell them about the importance of their vote. Without struggle, nobody can achieve their rights.' The World Forum of Fisher Peoples, an international organisation, has ranked the Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum as the largest and most exemplary in the world. April 2008