Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Blind-Man-in-Afghanistan-27MZIFL2YITO.htmlConceptually similarLocal Population in AfghanistanGP01X2ZCompleted★★★★Ill Man in AfghanistanGP01X4BCompleted★★★★Blind Girl in AfghanistanGP01X48Completed★★★★Girl in AfghanistanGP01X47Completed★★★★Local Population in AfghanistanGP01X37Completed★★★★A Man and a Baby in AfghanistanGP01X30Completed★★★★Mother and Son in AfghanistanGP01X49Completed★★★★Upper Shikhan Village in AfghanistanGP01X50Completed★★★★Local Population in AfghanistanGP01X3MCompleted★★★★View AllGP01X46Blind Man in AfghanistanGholam in Shikhan, he is one of the people already visited by the photographer in 2001. He lost his eye sight during the war. A landmine exploded and he became blind. He is the head of the household which now consists of sixteen persons. In the summer of 2001, Gholam's brother Zaffar left the village to find work or food. That spring two of Zaffar's daughters had died of hunger. "It is better to die than to live under these circumstances. We have no life left. Here, nothing is possible and it is unsafe because of the war." he said then. Over the past few years, there has been some improvement in the village of Shikhan according to Gholam. The landmines have been cleared from the mountain slopes and with the majority of the men returning from their quest for food and work the newly available land is now being cultivated. Food supplies remain precarious, however. The harvest has been washed away by the floods.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-Full length-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Men-One person-Outdoors-Sadness-VillagesShoot: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.