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Young mother and child - Qala Ouest, Afghanistan  
   

Young mother and child - Qala Ouest, Afghanistan

I was most surprised when she agreed to this photo.
A Warm Welcome in a Harsh Land

June 3rd 2013
It is a harsh life in the Wakhan. This is best evidenced by infant mortality rates that exceed 40% in places, contributed by a combination of climate and isolation. This harshness is reflected in the Wakhi faces that are as captivating as the mountains they live under. The faces are hard, and every line on their visage tells a tale of trial and tribulation. Even the children wore those same toug ... read more
Asia » Afghanistan » North » Qala Ouest

Afghan Flag Afghanistan's recent history is a story of war and civil unrest. The Soviet Union invaded in 1979, but was forced to withdraw 10 years later by anti-Communist mujahidin forces. The Communist regime in Kabul collapsed in 1992. Fighting that subsequent... ... read more
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