Kuchi, an Afghan nomad, leading his flock to grazing

Category: People


Photo and caption by Michal Przedlacki

He was the leading shepherd, taking with members of his family a flock of maybe five hundred sheep and goats to grazing lands in the mountains in Badakhshan Province. I met him on their two weeks Spring journey through North-Eastern Afghanistan. They would spend four months grazing animals and resting, eating well, marrying. It is estimated that there are perhaps two million Afghan nomads, called Kuchis, and majority, despite wars, remained nomadic. Decades of war have made them one of the most vulnerable parts of the country’s population.

Location: Takhar Province, Afghanistan


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