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Forgotten on the roof of the World – Afghanistan’s Pamir mountains AM00000020000000531 7, 2008

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This is a 5 mn trailer from a 30mn documentary.
This multimedia documentary “Forgotten on the Roof of the World” tells the story of a little-known tribe of Kirghiz nomads in one of earth’s most remote regions – Afghanistan’s High Pamirs mountains. Leading the viewer through this people’s stories of struggle and survival, of opium addiction and infant mortality, French photographer Matthieu Paley and American anthropologist Ted Callahan narrate the film in word and image. Their documentation covers the tribe’s unique barter trade with a small community in Pakistan as well as their routines and traditions ‘at home’ in Afghanistan. Beneath the surface, the documentary addresses one of humanities most elementary themes – Homeland – giving a global context to the story of a seemingly insignificant forgotten tribe.

Award winning photographer Matthieu Paley has worked all over Asia for clients such as Geo, Time, National Geographic Adventure etc. He recently started to work on documentaries.
For the full documentary, contact: info(at)paleyphoto.com
For more, see his website: paleyphoto.com or pamirknot.com – all images © Matthieu Paley.

Source> http://vimeo.com/8253484


“Parlons Wakhi” (Let’s speak Wakhi) published in French and Wakhi language PM000000100000001628 7, 2008

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by Shujaaat Ali

Karim Khan of Shimshal valley has authored a bilingual book on Wakhi language, published by L’Harmattan in the Parlon’s series, on rare world languages. Karim Khan According to information shared by Karim Khan the book comprises of four parts and discusses the Wakhi people, their culture, society, religion, history, geography and Wakhi language. According the book the Wakhi people are descendants of the Saka tribes of Persia. The book is being seen as a very important step towards development and promotion of Wakhi identity. Public circles have hailed the efforts of Karim Khan. The book can be obtained online. http://www.editions-harmattan.fr/index.asp?navig=catalogue&obj=livre&no=30570 Karim Khan has also launched the a new project, Shadow Girls Academy, in Aliabad Hunza for promotion of girls education in Hunza. Information source; http://www.shadowgirlsacademy.org/index-3.html


Wakhi Cultural Festival begins AM000000120000002228 7, 2008

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Folk artists clad in traditional white and burnishing gold Chogha enthralled a select gathering by singing Sho Muborakbod, a traditional song to welcome guests, to herald the beginning of a five-day Wakhi Cultural Festival at Lok Virsa Museum here on Wednesday.Wakhi leaders in traditional dance for Wakhi festival

The event showcased the unique lifestyle of the Wakhi people living in four countries including Pakistan’s Gojal and Ishkoman valleys in Gilgit-Baltistan and Boroghil in Chitral.

The ceremony of putting the traditional white woolen caps on the heads of the chief guest, Terje Thodesen, Counsellor/head of the development section of Norwegian Embassy, and Executive Director Lok Virsa Khalid Javaid was a symbolic gesture that Wakhi Pamiri people wanted to enter the mainstream of cultural life.

Read more: http://www.dawn.com/


Lok Virsa documents Wakhi people in Chitral AM000000120000000328 7, 2008

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ISLAMABAD: A three-member team of professionals from Lok Virsa’s National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage undertook a field research to Chitral and upper border areas for documentation of Wakhi people and their lifestyle.

A three-member team of National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage comprising a video producer, craft collector and cameraman, undertook a field research to Coroghil valley and Lashkargaz in northeast of Chitral for documentation of Wakhi people.

The Boroghil Valley is nearly inaccessible in the extreme northern border of Pakistan. It is located in the Pamir mountain ranges with Wakhan Corridor in the west and Gojal in upper Hunza on the east.

This isolated valley is sparsely populated with a population estimated around 11,000. The valley is known for embroidered socks, sweaters, spinning wool, handmade shoes and sheep coats. Buzkashi and yak polo are the favourite traditional games.

On the way the team stayed at Chapari village in Mastuj Tehsil of Chitral and interviewed elders, storytellers, folk artists and also covered wedding rituals, traditional dances and folk songs. The tea also documented artisans involved in local crafts like weaving ‘palisk’ (floor rug), rope making and sitar making.

During their stay at Lashkargaz, a village at Yarkhun Valley near Wakhan Corridor, the team produced video documentary on Buzkashi, (goat snatching) a traditional sport of Central Asia, played on horse back. They also made video documentation on lifestyles, traditions, rituals, customs, people, folk games, handicrafts, food, etc. of Wakhan people.

The team also undertook study on traditional houses and collected artifacts for reproduc

ing a three dimensional creative display in the Heritage Museum at Islamabad.

The Wakhi Pamiri people live around the Pamir knot that overlaps four countries – Gojal, Ishkoman in Gilgit-Baltistan and Boroghil valley in Chitral district, the Kohistani Badakhshan Autonomous province of Tajikistan, Wakhan Corridor of the Badakhshan province in Afghanistan and Xinjiang province of China. The region serves as a confluence for some of world’s highest mountain ranges and being the territory through which the ancient Silk Route passed it has also been a place of cultural cross currents. A very rough estimate of the population of Wakhi (Xhik) people is over 100,000 worldwide.

Source: http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/18-lok-virsa-documents-wakhi-people-in-chitral-am-02

Wakhi cultural Dance (Sisuni) AM00000090000001331 7, 2008

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Life: A mason and a mountaineer AM00000090000005531 7, 2008

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A group of ordinary Afghans from a remote area of that war-torn nation set out with a dream — to scale the country’s tallest peak in the name of peace. 
Aunohita Mojumdar tracks their epic journey all the way to the top

It all started over a cup of tea, as things do in Afghanistan. Malang, a cook in the Aga Khan office had a simple question: “Why not go up Noshaq?” And there it was. A straightforward question. The question ‘why not’ probably had many logical and sensible answers: because Afghanistan was a country in conflict; because Afghans had no tradition of mountaineering in the last three decades; because there was no money to back such an impossible dream. In the end, the answer to the question lay in the question itself: “Why not?” And four ordinary Afghans from the Wakhi community in the remote Wakhan corridor set off to climb their country’s highest mountain, Noshaq. On July 19, they became the first Afghan team to reach the top, and Noshaq now proudly flies the Afghan colours, planted there by Malang the cook and Amruddin, a Wakhi farmer.

Read at http://www.khaleejtimes.com

ڈھائی ہزار زبانوں کے خاتمے کا خطرہ PM000000100000001828 7, 2008

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اقوام متحدہ کے ادارے یونیسکو نے کہا ہے کہ دنیا میں بولی جانے والی زبانوں میں ڈھائي ہزار زبانوں کو خطرہ لاحق ہے جن میں براہوی سمیت ستائيس پاکستانی اور ایک سو چھیانوے بھارتی زبانیں بھی شامل ہیں۔ یونسکو کا کہنا ہے کہ دنیا بھی میں اس وقت کل چھ ہزار کے لگ بھگ زبانیں بولی جاتی ہیں جن میں سے ایک سو ننانوے ایسی ہیں جن کے بولنے والے دس یا دس سے بھی کم رہ گئے ہیں جب کہ ایک سو ستتر زبانیں ایسی ہیں جن کے بولنے والے دس سے پچاس کے درمیان ہیں۔ اقوام متحدہ کے ادارے یونیسکو نے کہا ہے کہ ستائیس پاکستانی زبانوں سمیت دنیا کو دو ہزار زبانوں کے ختم ہو جانے کا خطرہ ہے۔ یہ بات یونیسکو نے اکیس فروری کو مادری زبانوں کے عالمی دن کے موقع پر دنیا میں بولی جانے والے زبانوں کے لیے تشکیل دیے گئے ایک ڈیجیٹل نقشے میں کہی ہے۔ جو اکیس فروری کو اقوام متحدہ کے تحت منائے جانے والے مادری زبانوں کا عالمی دن کے حوالے سے جاری کیا ہے۔

برشاسکی: برشاسکی پاکستان کے شمالی علاقے گلگت ضلع کے ہنزہ ، نگر، میں بولی جاتی ہے۔ اس زبان کے دوسرے نام برشکی، برکاسکی ہیں۔ سنہ دو ہزار کی مردم شماری کے مطابق، اس زبان کے بولنے والوں کی تعداد ستاسی ہزار تھی۔

واکھی یا واخی: یہ زبان افغانستان، چین، تاجکستان اور پاکستان میں بولی جاتی ہے۔ شمالی پاکستان، افغانستان کے صوبہ بدخشاں، تاجکستان کے گاؤں، چین کے زیانگ صوبے کے تاشکرغان ضلعے میں بولنے جانے والی اس زبان کے بولنے والوں کی تعداد اب پچھہتر ہزار لے لگ بھگ رہ گئی ہے۔

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/miscellaneous/story/2009/02/090221_languages_indanger_sen.shtml

The majestic mountains of north east Afghanistan PM00000010000003928 7, 2008

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Welcome, Mountain Unity is a non-profit organisation which promotes mountain tourism
in NE Afghanistan.

The majestic mountains of north east Afghanistan, have kept the local people safe from
invasion since the days before Alexander the Great. However life in this remote province is
especially hard for its inhabitants. Maternal mortality rates are one of the highest in the
world, and many children die before the age of five due to the extreme poverty. By
co-ordinating and publicising mountain tourism, Mountain Unity aims to provide
sustainable livelihoods for the inhabitants.


 Tourism in the Afghan Hindu Kush Visit the Wakhan Corridor 070917 Wakhan/2

video clips….: http://www.youtube.com/user/mountunity

More detail at source: http://www.mountainunity.org/

AKF implements engineering projects in Pamir PM000000120000002028 7, 2008

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29 January 2009 CA-NEWS (TJ) – The “Mountain Societies development Support Programme” (MSDSP) launched by Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in Gorno Badakhshan in 2008, implemented projects worth over $711 thousand. Last year 16 projects in school reconstruction and renovation worth $275 thousand, and 28 projects in provision of fresh and irrigation water to villages worth $ 423 thousand were implemented, informed Mirzo Mirzoev, the head of the regional MSDSP office. In particular, construction of the 6 km channel and small hydroelectric power station with capacity of 100 kW / h in Rushan area were completed. The cost of the mini-hydroelectric power station amounted to $13 thousand. MSDSP engineering projects are financed by (Swedish International Development Agency). In addition to engineering department, other departments of MSDSP, such as department of natural resource management, business development department and department of local government implement various projects in Gorno Badakhshan. MSDSP of the Aga Khan foundation implements various projects in other regions of Tajikistan as well.

http://en.ca- news.org/ news/19111? from=rss

International Volunteer Day 2008 AM00000090000005531 7, 2008

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The Ismaili community “is known to be a successful community, with many entrepreneurs, professionals and voluneerism”. The Ismaili community is also known for its ethic of volunteerism, service to society and support for humanitarian causes.


UN Volunteers in Timor Leste. more picture:  http://dishtov.multiply.com/

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.

Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.

UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UNV volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity. more detail at source:

UN Volunteers: http://www.unv.org/

Online Volunteering Service: http://www.onlinevoluneering.org/

Volunteerism Worldwide: http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/int-l-volunteer-day.html