Badakhshan (Mountainous Badakhshan,
in Tajik language) or GBAO is the
Eastern part of Tajikistan, a Central
Asian Republic of the ex-USSR. It
is also part of the Pamir mountains
where several of the highest summits
of the world are located: Peak Communist
(7495 meters) and Peak Lenin (7134
meters). The GBAO is bordered by
the Afghan Badakhshan, China, Kirghiztan
and Uzbekistan. The river Gound
(later known as Amu Daria or the
Oxus by the Greeks) borders GBAO
on the South.
population of GBAO is about 250,000,
mainly Shia Ismailis. The rest of
the population is made of Sunni
and of Kirghizs.
I worked in GBAO between 1994 and
1996 for the Aga Khan Foundation.
The photo gallery features mainly
portraits of young members of this
resilient GBAO community.
excellent site to consult about
GBAO is Robert Middleton’s