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Green-eyed Gul returning from school. Wakhi girls are privileged in the sense that getting education is a priority among this Ismaili community. The Aga Khan, their spiritual leader says the following: “If you have 2 children, a boy and a girl, but not enough money to educate both kids: give education in priority to the girl – as a future mother, the girl will be the one later educating your grand children…” Sarhad Village, Wakhan Corridor.



Marbet, a seven year-old Afghan Kyrgyz girl, had just returned home from watching over her father’s sheep. I was taking picture of her brother, and she just sat there. Her red cheeks are the result of the extreme cold that affects the Afghan Pamir throughout winter.