Photographer's Note

It always amazes me that often the poorer the country or region, the more colourful attire of the local ladies. This girl exceeded many others in the number of colours and patterns she was wearing. And yet, it all looks somehow harmonious and balanced, do you agree?

Somewhere between her childhood and adolescence, this girl does not look as unhappy as a lot of kids I posted portraits of before. But she isn’t smiling either.

I would like to end this note with a quote from the book Taliban by Ahmed Rashid. “Afghanistan has one of the lowest rated indices for the human condition in the world. The infant mortality rate is 163 deaths per 1,000 births, the highest in the world which compares to an average of 70/1000 in other developing countries. A quarter (1/4) of all children die before their fifth birthday, compared to one tenth (1/40) that number in developing countries. A staggering 1,700 mothers out of 100,000 die giving birth. Life expectancy for men and women is just 43-44 years old, compared to 61 for people in other developing countries. Only 12% of the population has access to safe water, compared to 70 per cent in developing countries. Children die of simple, preventable diseases like measles and diarrhea because there are no health facilities and no clean water.”

I was glad when both Gert and Malgo pointed out that these figures are largely obsolete and Afghanistan's statistics are now closer to those of the rest of the developing world.

Two more photos of characters I met Sarhad (male and grown up) in WS.

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