Bibi Zohra is 15 years old. On her wedding night, she is kept hidden away from the gaze of the people coming into the celebration yurt. Marrying a man twice her age, she is soon expected to become pregnant. She faces a risky future. The mortality rate among Kyrgyz women during childbirth is unmercifully high, estimated at 30% - almost 500 times greater than in the developed world...Wedding celebration at Kitshiq Aq Jyrga...Trekking through the high altitude plateau of the Little Pamir...
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Bibi Zohra is 15 years old. On her wedding night, she is kept hidden away from the gaze of the people coming into the celebration yurt. Marrying a man twice her age, she is soon expected to become pregnant. She faces a risky future. The mortality rate among Kyrgyz women during childbirth is unmercifully high, estimated at 30% - almost 500 times greater than in the developed world...Wedding celebration at Kitshiq Aq Jyrga...Trekking through the high altitude plateau of the Little Pamir mountains (average 4200 meters) , where the Afghan Kyrgyz community live all year, on the borders of China, Tajikistan and Pakistan.


  • Afghanistan
  • Asia
  • Central Asia
  • Kirghiz
  • Kyrgyz
  • Matthieu Paley
  • Pamir
  • Roof of the world
  • Toit du monde
  • Wakhan corridor
  • adventure
  • bride
  • expedition
  • girl
  • hide
  • images
  • indoor
  • night
  • outfit
  • people
  • photography
  • portrait
  • red
  • remote
  • silk road
  • summer
  • underage
  • veil
  • wedding
  • woman
  • youth
  • yurt