The Kingdom of Lesotho is situated on a highland plateau entirely within South Africa. The lowest point in the mountainous country is 1,400 meters (4,593 ft) above sea level. It is home to 2.2 million residents, most of them poor, living off the land as farmers. Gathered here are a handful of images from across Lesotho over the past few years.
A Chinese construction company works on a mountain near the village of Ha Makhale, carving out the base of what next year will become the 73-meter-high Metolong Dam, on May 24, 2012. Commissioned by Lesotho, financed by Western and Arab agencies, and built by China's Sinohydro Corp, the dam is just one example of the international interest in capitalizing on the crystal-clear water in this tiny mountain kingdom surrounded entirely by South Africa. The building boom has generated billions of dollars in investment, but also changed the landscape and uprooted entire communities.
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