Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Local-Population-in-Afghanistan-27MZIFL2YR68.htmlConceptually similarFarmer in AfghanistanGP01X3LCompleted★★★★Women and Children in AfghanistanGP01X3KCompleted★★★★Drought in AfghanistanGP01X3GCompleted★★★★Local Population in AfghanistanGP01X37Completed★★★★Boys in AfghanistanGP01X3CCompleted★★★★Boys Trekking in AfghanistanGP01X4UCompleted★★★★Local Population in AfghanistanGP01X3DCompleted★★★★Children in AfghanistanGP01X36Completed★★★★Mother and Son in AfghanistanGP01X49Completed★★★★View AllGP01X3MLocal Population in AfghanistanMen on their way to a food distribution site during a severe drought. For a long time the inhabitants of Shikhan and other villages were blocked in between frontlines with heavy fighting and the high mountain ranges of the Hindukush. Eighty percent of men and elder boys escaped through the dangerous frontlines in search of food for their families and for work in Kabul or even Iran and Pakistan. Left behind in the villages were mainly the elderly, the women and children.Locations:Afghanistan-Asia-Shahr-e BozorgDate:1 Jun, 2001Credit:© Robert Knoth / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5500px X 3618pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change impacts-Day-Donkeys-Drought-Dry-Erosion-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Men-Outdoors-Poverty-Rural scenesShoot: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.