Homeless brothers in Yunnan, 2011
Life on the Tibetan Plateau (by Ellen Moseman)
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Tibetan girl wears a traditional dress (coat) and poses before attending a dance. Tibet Autonomous Region, 2011
Children in Tajikistan, one day after the civil war erupted in the Pamirs. July 24, 2012
My body was badly wounded from my near drowning and had been pushing my bike up a pass as the bolt on the seat post was stripped. I could barely walk, ride, let alone push a bicycle carrying 80kgs. I stopped here to have lunch, where they allowed me to nap for a couple of hours and to dry from the rain. The kids and I played for a little while until the adults ran them out so I could shut my eyes. I had slept on the stall of an old bazaar the night before…finally some rest.
The oldest boy comes to me as I’m leaving with his bicycle. His front tire is flat and I pump both tires up for him, leaving them all with smiles. I also gave him an old bike tire tube he could use for strapping things down with.
The people of Tajikistan are some of the warmest and welcoming folks I’ve encountered on my journeys. Allahu Akbar!
A Kazahk husband speaks to his young wife, whom is half Korean and half Russian, about the condition of her black eyes.
The story is that she was jumped and beaten by a group of Russian girls in a city about 200km away, where her family resides.
One of the younger fans, and future player, at a Buzkashi match in Kyrgyzstan, near the Irkeshtam Pass/China border.
Uyghur couple near Aksu, East Turkestan, September 2012
Many in the West have this idea that Muslim men and women do not interact with one another, a segregated culture. I have found this to be quite untrue through out East Turkestan and often in Central Asia. This husband and wife were nearly always side be side, whether in the home, picking cotton, or working their personal fruit orchard.
Behind the Veil
Uyghur Women of East Turkestan attending a wedding celebration.
Copyright Eleanor Moseman 2012