On the Other Side
On the Other Side:
I was planning to go to the Pamirs in Tajikistan this August. It’s such a beautiful place with friendly, hospitable people. But now, it doesn’t seem as peaceful as it’s been in the recent years, to say the least.
Those are photographs of the Afghanistan shot from the Tajikistan side. The view from the other side goes on and on with rocky walls, across which a narrow rugged road stretches like a thin line. It’s just on the other side of the river, narrow and shallow enough to find some points you can probably just cross on foot. But, you don’t unless you are traffickers or locals visiting their relatives living on the other side. The river cuts the two sides apart further than it physically is. Only 10 meter away from this side is Afghanistan, and the wild thin line on that side of the rugged valley somehow reassures my preconceived idea of what Afghanistan is, whether it’s true not. In fact, people on the other side are mostly Pamiris like on this side. But, the decades-old border, which divided Afghan and the Soviet, also cuts frequent communications between them, politically and culturally. Yet, the recent unrest may be foreshadowing some changes in the region. Though, I really hope that things will be fine soon.