In the eastern provinces of Afghanistan, where agriculture is still the main source of income, semi-nomadic Kuchi tribes still move with the seasons, following ancient cultural traditions. In the past these tribes roamed across the region in search of grazing grounds for their herds of sheep and camels, but government borders, private land, and changing climate have drastically reduced the number of people who still travel, and the places they can go.
All around the northern hemisphere temperatures are getting warmer, snow is receding and hints of spring are in the air. After a long winter, people for centuries have been marking the return of warm weather and the growing season with holidays and spring traditions. These celebrations vary from country to country, state to state, and even town to town.
The children of Kamp-e Farm Hada are lucky to have Owsubila looking out for their education. In this village, parents see education as the only way out of poverty, even for their girls.
A school is never just a building. It takes a community working together, sometimes against formidable odds, to make any school succeed.
Photo by Erik Petersen.
Asalaam Aleikum. Peace be with you. Spring has finally arrived in the mountains. Trees and flowers are blossoming, the air smells sweet, and the songbirds are singing. It is indeed a season of renewal, rebirth, repentance, and charity.
In many of the remote mountain villages of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan that Central Asia Institute (CAI) serves, early spring is bittersweet. Food stocks are depleted, immune systems are weakened, and snow has meant […]