Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Shepherds-in-Afghanistan-27MZIFL2VQZD.htmlConceptually similarFloods in AfghanistanGP01X59Completed★★★★Villagers at a Bazaar in AfghanistanGP01X4MCompleted★★★★Rain Clouds in AfghanistanGP01X4YCompleted★★★★Farmer in AfghanistanGP01X3LCompleted★★★★Damaged Farmland in AfghanistanGP01X4TCompleted★★★★★★Land Erosion in AfghanistanGP01X57Completed★★★★Local Community in AfghanistanGP01X4ACompleted★★★★Local Population in AfghanistanGP01X3DCompleted★★★★After the Storm in AfghanistanGP01X4PCompleted★★★★View AllGP01X4ZShepherds in AfghanistanShepherds and their flocks on their way to the market in Faizabad, the provincial capital of Badakhshan. Since the end the early nineties Afghanistan's population has doubled in size with an average population growth figure of 4.5% between 1990 and 2007 (Unicef). Animal herds are exponentially growing as well, causing overgrazing and erosion.Locations:Afghanistan-Asia-Shahr-e Bozorg-South AsiaDate:1 Jul, 2009Credit:© Robert Knoth / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5500px X 3618pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change impacts-Day-Herders-Herds-KWCI (GPI)-Mountains-Outdoors-SheepShoot: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.