Dera Jatta is a small village about 100 kilometres from Rahim Yar Khan District in southern Punjab, Pakistan, and a classic representation of the contemporary feudal setting of Khan Bela that has existed since time immemorial.

Located in the Rohi desert, at a distance of about 2.5 km from Khan Bela, and 150 km from the River Indus, it is a small, dusty town, and an established market-place for adjoining villages. It is a typical example of a community that has remained backward despite marginal growth in its surrounding hinterlands.


In the absence of roads, camels were a popular mode of transportation for carrying goods to far off places. The river used to flow very close to the school area, and small settlements began to crop up along the camel route.

Travellers who journeyed in this way were known as ‘Jatt’. With the passage of time, settlements grew to form a small village, which came to be known as Dera Jattan, the ‘House of Camel Owners’.