© Wendy Marijnissen
While I was in Badakshan province in the North-East of the country I got to see the result of stone avalanches and see how small man still is in comparison to the power of nature. Many villages were hit, houses destroyed and the very little infrastructure they had swept away by stone and rocks… Last winter was particularly cold and bad and caused much destruction and loss of life.
Badakhshan is one of the country’s poorest and most remote regions. During these harsh winters, many villages and big parts of Badakshan are completely cut off from the world and unreachable by normal methods. Some parts are shut off by heavy snow for at least six months every year… This is one of the reasons why for instance maternal and child mortality is much higher here then anywhere else in the world.