Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Ill-Man-in-Afghanistan-27MZIFL2Y5GO.htmlConceptually similarVictims of War in AfghanistanGP01X4CCompleted★★★★Ill Man in AfghanistanGP01X34Completed★★★★Upper Shikhan Village in AfghanistanGP01X50Completed★★★★Blind Man in AfghanistanGP01X46Completed★★★★Local Community in AfghanistanGP01X4ACompleted★★★★Local Population in AfghanistanGP01X37Completed★★★★Blind Girl in AfghanistanGP01X48Completed★★★★Children in AfghanistanGP01X36Completed★★★★Farmers in AfghanistanGP01X33Completed★★★★View AllGP01X4BIll Man in AfghanistanMohammed Rassoul in Shikhan, one of the people already visited by the photographer in 2001.Mohammed Rassoul lies covered by a rough, dusty blanket in his bed. The space directly opens up to the court yard, but there is only the roof sheltering him from the elements, there are no walls or doors. Only the day before his wife decided the spring had warmed up enough for her husband to be moved out of the stuffy room where he had been bedridden for the entire winter. To keep Rassoul warm, a charcoal burner has been placed under the blanket. The family's primary worries about the lack of food that they suffered eight years earlier have eased and have brought to the forefront their older trauma from the war. Rassoul is crying and tries to wipe his tears with a handkerchief made from a recycled facial veil of a burqa. His wife comments in a bitter voice: "They killed our sons. Right here in the court yard in front of our eyes".Locations:Afghanistan-Asia-Shahr-e Bozorg-South AsiaDate:1 Jul, 2009Credit:© Robert Knoth / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5000px X 5000pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change impacts-Crying-Illness-Indoors-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Men-One person-Sadness-Victims-WarsShoot: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.