A LIFE OF FREEDOM – Inside the remote regions of Afghanistan’s Pamirs

The population of Pamir is predominantly Ismaili, a branch of Shia Islam that follows the precepts of the Aga Khan.

The Afghan Pamir is a region of delicate peace located in the stunning but harsh mountains and valleys of northeastern Afghanistan.

 

The region comprises some stunning landscapes and is nestled among the mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan. (Image credit: Exclusivepix Media)
The region comprises some stunning landscapes and is nestled among the mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan. (Image credit: Exclusivepix Media)

 

A LIFE OF FREEDOM – Afghanistan without the Taliban shows faces full of hope.

Inside the remote regions of Afghanistan where vicious Taliban thugs have NEVER been able to impose their brutal rule.

Excerpts from publications by:

  • Corey Charlton for the Sun, December 6th, 2016, 4:13 pm
  • Kirstie McCrum for the Mirror, December 7th, 2016, 1:36 pm

 

LOCATED deep within rural Afghanistan lies the Afghan Pamir – a region of precarious peace where the bloody Taliban have never been able to impose their rule.

Locals from the Afghan Pamir – an area between Tajikistan and Pakistan – are grateful for the peace of their region.

Photographed by travelling snapper Eric Lafforgue, they live in a region promoted by the Afghan government to try and attract tourists in search of adventure. The incredible stories and images from this embattled land reveal a difficult 15 years for its natives.

 

The area is also the Wakhan corridor that Venetian explorer Marco Polo used in the 13th century. (Image credit: Exclusivepix Media)
The area is also the Wakhan corridor that Venetian explorer Marco Polo used in the 13th century. (Image credit: Exclusivepix Media)

 

Lafforgue toured Afghan villages with his Pamiri guide and was mesmerised by the country’s beauty.

“The landscape is dominated by rivers and green fields with large houses in their center, surrounded by mountains. It is idyllic.

“The diversity of the Afghan people is obvious from the very first encounters. Blond hair and light eyes are common.

 

Two boys pose with shovels in the remote Afghan villages. (Image credit: Exclusivepix Media)
Two boys pose with shovels in the remote Afghan villages. (Image credit: Exclusivepix Media)

 

Ishkashim, the largest village in the region, is made up of two dusty roads lined with stalls.

The population of Pamir is predominantly Ismaili, a branch of Shia Islam that follows the precepts of the Aga Khan, but the market is controlled by conservative Sunnis who demand the wearing of the burqa.

 

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Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali


 

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