ZHARE DASHT,AFGHANISTAN - SEPT. 3: An Afghan Kuchi nomad girl who was living in camps around Spin Boldak, near the border of Pakistan and southern Afghanistan, relaxes after a grueling day of being relocated to the desolate, dusty encamptment of Zhare Dasht by the UNHCR September 3, 2002. As an estimated 1.6 million Afghan refugees return to Afghanistan, ethnic Pashtuns and Kuchi Nomads from northern Afghanistan are seeking safety in refugee camps in the south. Numbering up to 120,000, they are fleeing the Tajik- and Uzbek-dominated cities of the north out of fear and prefer to live in a dismal camp like Zhare Dasht which is set in the middle of a desert about 30 kilometers west of Kandahar.
Afghan kuchi woman ( Pashtun nomads of Afghanistan)
A caravan of Kuchi nomads on the move in Ghor province, in central Afghanistan. The mountainous central province, which borderers northern Helmand, is once of the poorest and most isolated in the country. Around 10-15,000 nomads pass through every summer, to their cattle. It is cut off for much of the winter by heavy snows which block unmade mountain passes. The police chief, General Khodayar Qudsi, said the province was overrun with illegal militias and riven by tribal disputes. Afghan government officials are often corrupt and ineffective, the Lithuanian troops based there (as part of Nato’s International Security Assistance Force) are too few to fight the insurgents, and so the Taleban are making in roads. In one recent dispute between the Taimani and the Zai Reza tribes, the Taleban offered both sides support , if they could set up their own checkpoints in the area.
Kuchi woman - Afghanistan
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