There are six women who work together and one woman who works on her own. The six call them themselves The Counting Sisters. The one alone is known as The One Alone. The six women are of different ages, from thirty five to seventy years old. They are good friends and look after each other. What is common between them is that they are all ‘twice displaced’ – meaning they have been forcibly removed from their lands twice, once by the government and once by corporations. Each of them has a similar story. They once lived by the forest on the hill slope. The government built a dam, the forest was submerged, and they had to shift.
They were given land adjacent to the reservoir. They began farming again and lived there for almost ten years before they were evicted again – this time for the factory. A new ‘in between’ piece of land was found near the main highway and an ‘illegal’ village was reconstructed. Farmers became migrants and a squatter village, a smaller copy of the original, slowly laid roots for the second time in four decades. It has a total population of about 60 people including children. It has three lanes with neat but small mud houses. The six women now live in the same lane.
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