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Reference : V-P-AF-E-02123
Date : 20/05/2014
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : Panshir valley. A bridge crossing the Shotol river.
Photographer : BARRY, Jessica
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC web site: Taming a river brings light and livelihoods to a Panjshir community
10-06-2014 Feature
One of the main challenges facing the people of Andrasad, a village of some 530 households in the Panjshir valley, was not the lack of water; rather, it was how to tame the grey surging Shotol tributary that hurtled past their orchards and wheat fields. Overseeing the building of the new wall was Baba Jan, head of disaster management for the Panjshir branch of the Afghan Red Crescent. The ICRC financed the project, providing the sand and cement and paying incentives for 25 days to the 25 villagers who did the work. The community's contribution was to collect stones and provide the labour force. The men also offered their services for an extra 10 days free of charge. The work began in October 2013 while the river was low, and ended a little over a month later.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4272x2848
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour