The Kirghiz

There are around 7000 Kirghiz nomads living in Afghanistan since early 1920’s. That is an important date. The Russian Empire did not care about nomads crossing its mountaineous Central Asian borders, but the Soviets did. And thus one autumn of 1922 a group of Kirghiz nomads camping of the summer pastures of the Little and Big Pamir found themselve trapped in Afghanistan, with no way of going back to what is today Eastern Tajikistan. They live mainly off their livestock – sheep and goat – and keep connected with the rest of the world by a thin network of itinerary merchants.

Locations: Little Pamir & Big Pamir (Eastern Wakhan Corridor)
Year: 2009 & 2010

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