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The fire

The fire

© Wendy Marijnissen

This photo is of auntie cooking on the outside fire.

All over Afghanistan this is how most women will cook their rice and prepare dinner. Under the Badakshan sky, filled with so many stars, I stood and sat next to auntie watching her cook. I love the image because it reminds me of the the beauty of that exact moment.  Without speaking each others languages (She speaks Dari and I speak Flemish and English) we understood each other.  As we sat on a small wall watching the rice boil and she put her arm around me, we knew exactly what was being said and I knew I was accepted into her family.

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Stone Avalanches

Stone Avalanches

© 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.

 

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