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A Kalash girl washes clothes in a stream, Pakistan (2011)

39511 views Shelley Lott August 12, 2020 Pakistan Date shot: November 22, 2011

The Kalash live in the Kalash Valleys of north-west Pakistan on the Afghan border and are unique in every way to other ethnic groups in the region. Some claim they are decendants of the soldiers of Alexander The Great though it more likely they are of Indo-Aryan origin. They practice animism, the world's oldest religion and those who convert to Islam are often cast out of their society. As a result they have suffered ethnic persecution in Pakistan. Of the 4,000 surviving Kalash around 3,500 have received death threats and the Pakistani Taliban have vowed to kill all who do not convert to Islam.

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