The Wakhan Corridor

February 20, 2013 at 23:56

Wakhan Corridor

Today I read an article at National Geographic about the Wakhan corridor and the nomads who still live in there. This region belongs to Afghanistan since 1893, when  Britain paid Afghanistan to create this buffer zone between the British India and the Russian Empire. But after the rising of communism in Russia and China, the frontiers became sealed, deeply affecting the life of its nomad inhabitants.

I’m fascinated about how the Kyrgyz nomads can survive at more than 4200 meters above sea level, moving from the north to the south face of the mountain range depending on the season. Furthermore, I can’t imagine how overwhelmed Marco Polo felt when he visited the region in the 1200s…

National Geographic. a family yurt in the Kyrgyz lands of the Wakhan Corridor.

There is an excellent image gallery here from the Varial and Nadjari 2011 expedition.

I’m becoming more and more interested in Central Asia as long as I’m reading about the region, its old history and its pristine nature. How beautiful will stars shine from there?

Rhinoceros de-horned

September 29, 2012 at 13:39

Today I’ve seen this picture in the newspapers, taken by Biju Boro. I’m absolutely terrified about how human beings can be awfully cruel: animal mutilation to sell powder horn as a medicine or aphrodisiac. When villagers found the rhino, it was still alive and veterinarians did their best to save it from bleeding to death. Shame to poachers.