Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Local-Population-in-Afghanistan-27MZIFL209ZD.htmlConceptually similarBlind Man in AfghanistanGP01X46Completed★★★★A Man and a Baby in AfghanistanGP01X30Completed★★★★Local Population in AfghanistanGP01X39Completed★★★★Girl in AfghanistanGP01X47Completed★★★★Ill Man in AfghanistanGP01X4BCompleted★★★★Family in AfghanistanGP01X4DCompleted★★★★Local Community in AfghanistanGP01X4ACompleted★★★★Blind Girl in AfghanistanGP01X48Completed★★★★Child in AfghanistanGP01X3ICompleted★★★★View AllGP01X2ZLocal Population in AfghanistanGholam with his mother Bibi Zara and Ayon Bibi. In 1990 Gholam lost his eye sight during the war. A landmine exploded and he became blind. He was the head of the household consisting of sixteen persons. Gholam shared the house with his brother Zaffar who had left the village to find work or food. During the spring two of Zaffar's daughters died. "They weren't ill. They died of hunger", Gholam said. "It is better to die than to live under these circumstances. We have no life left. If possible, we would go to a developed country like Pakistan or Iran. Here, nothing is possible and it is unsafe because of the war".Locations:Afghanistan-Asia-Shahr-e BozorgDate:1 Jun, 2001Credit:© Robert Knoth / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5000px X 5000pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change impacts-Day-Families-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Men-Mothers-Outdoors-Poverty-Three people-WomenShoot:Climate Voices from AfghanistanPhotographer Robert Knoth and writer Antoinette de Jong traveled on horseback for weeks around the remote areas of northern Afghanistan where the population was suffering from a severe drought. Climate change and overpopulation are causing erosion and a collapse of the fragile livelihoods for the majority of rural Afghans. The overgrazing and overpopulation are depleting meadows and agricultural lands, making these ever more vulnerable to the changing climate and increasingly extreme weather in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas mountain range. The Hindu Kush-Himalayas serves as water towers tot 1.3 billion people who depend on the glaciers to sustain their ecosystems and as a source of freshwater. The UNEP/World Glacier Monitoring Service estimated that the glacier area in northern Afghanistan decreased by more than 50 percent over the 20th century.