Photographer's Note

Silk Road travel:

The Tajik road in the Panji valley longs the river Panji and the Afganistan border for 800 km. For Afghans, this is one of the most remote parts of their country, people are cut off from the next city (Faizabad) by huge mountains and forbidding passes. Bridges to Tajikistan have been built only recently with the help of the Aga Khan Foundation and Germany.

The hamlet of the village Jamarj-e-Bala is built on a flat slope. All water comes into the village with the help of "bisses", man-made open ditches that bring water from a mountain stream (see upper left corner). The bisses lead to the houses and into the orchards, they drive mills and serve to irrigate corn fields. It has to be mentioned that in the Pamirs there is little precipitation.

On top of the adobe roofs you notice the brown patches created by a layer of drying apricots. Wild plums (Prunus insitia) are also dried in this manner.

This village (1660 m alt.) has no electricity, no cars, no wheels. All transport is by donkey and cattle. Travel to the neighbouring villages and hinterland is on footpaths. Yet all seems very "orderly". It's fair to say that these people live like they always lived, undisturbed by outside events.

You may see the village by satellite using "Map:View"

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Additional Photos by Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 54 N: 651] (1628)
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