Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Blind-Girl-in-Afghanistan-27MZIFL2YDJQ.htmlConceptually similarGirls in AfghanistanGP01X31Completed★★★★Family in AfghanistanGP01X4DCompleted★★★★Girl in AfghanistanGP01X47Completed★★★★Ill Man in AfghanistanGP01X4BCompleted★★★★Blind Man in AfghanistanGP01X46Completed★★★★Local Population in AfghanistanGP01X32Completed★★★★Upper Shikhan Village in AfghanistanGP01X50Completed★★★★Mother and Son in AfghanistanGP01X49Completed★★★★Local Population in AfghanistanGP01X38Completed★★★★View AllGP01X48Blind Girl in AfghanistanMamik in Shikhan, one of the people already visited by the photographer in 2001. Mamik hesitates to open the heavy wooden gate to the courtyard. She is alone in the house where she lives with her brother's family. She is blind and spends a lot of time her own. Her childhood friend Farzana has married and moved to another village. No one now guides Mamik through the village. For a few years Mamik attended Koranschool to learn the holy book by heart as many blinds do in Afghanistan. In the village they call her "Qori", an honorific for those who can recite the entire Koran. But Mamik only managed to study two and a half chapters. She can no go to the madrassa to attend classes. Even though everyone in the village knows everybody else and no woman wears a burqa, it is still considered unbecoming for a young woman to walk around if she is not accompanied by a related male. The commander of the village tried to help Mamik. He took her to the eye hospital in Taloqan, days travelling from Shikhan, but nothing came of it.Locations:Afghanistan-Asia-Shahr-e Bozorg-South AsiaDate:1 Jul, 2009Credit:© Robert Knoth / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5000px X 5000pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change impacts-Day-Girls-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Negative mood-One person-Outdoors-SadnessShoot:Climate Voices from AfghanistanIn the summer of 2001 photographer Robert Knoth and writer Antoinette de Jong traveled for weeks around the remote areas of northern Afghanistan where the population was suffering from a severe drought. In 2009, they revisited the same district of Shahr-e-Bozorg to try and find the families they had met eight years earlier. They found many of the people they interviewed and portrayed earlier and saw how rehabilitation programs had made a huge difference to their lives. But this spring, as northern Afghanistan was hit by extreme storms, rainfall and flooding for many weeks, much of the hard work that was done in recent years was falling apart yet again. Houses and schools collapsed, roads were disrupted or completely disappeared by landslides, and drinking water systems were polluted and destroyed. Climate change and overpopulation are causing erosion and a collapse of the fragile livelihoods for the majority of rural Afghans.