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  • Camels and dunes

    Posted by Brian Jones

    12 April 2004 – camels (47k image)

    A classic image of camels in a desert! Camels are an incredibly important tool in the area because they can range many kms from a water hole and extend the area over which they can find browse. Camels also provide an important source of milk (high in vitamin C) and crucially they are a beast of burden used to transport firewood and 'smuggled' goods. Many people rely on income from the collection of firewood from Afghanistan many days journey away. The wood is sold in the markets of Nushki and its common to see compounds piled high with the stuff, bleached by the sun like so many bones of some huge beast.... It was saddening to talk to people around 30 years of age who remembered very clearly the forests that existed right around Nushki, all of which are now gone. There is an incredible sense of an environment lost, something which seems to have repeated itself across countless contexts........

    Camels also transport illicit goods across the small mountain tracks between Pakistan and Afghanistan...

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