Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tajik-Afghan Border

I was organizing my pictures today and came across some that were taken during a trip along the Tajik-Afghan border in 2007. I was traveling on the Tajik side of the border in a vehicle on a reasonable well-maintained highway.

I was fascinated by a narrow path cut into the rock on the Afghan side -- the path was often only a few feet above the river that divides the two countries. The path stretched for hundreds of kilometers along the river and occasionally I'd spot people walking on the path -- including the man below in white -- followed by two soldiers with guns. One could let their imagination run wild with that one.
The pathway is what connects the riverside villages to one another.


At night -- the houses on the Tajik side of the river had electric lights -- on the Afghan side there were only candles.