And, according to the UN, more than 50 percent of the Tajik population contracts one or more waterborne or water-related illness annually.This leads to higher levels of infant mortality, higher absence rates at school, and lower work productivity. For centuries, people across the region have relied on the Pamir Mountains for fresh water.Fertilizers, pesticides and livestock contaminate the rivers, irrigation canals and ponds that people use for drinking water.Since Tajikistan is one of the poorest and least developed countries of the region, the government does not have the funds to improve the situation and lacks the policies and enforcement capability to ensure clean drinking water reaches its citizens.But, the water isn't getting to where it needs to because Tajikistan's current water delivery infrastructure is dilapidated leading to water loss and contamination.In addition, a combination of climate change and poor water management throughout the region has led to the demise of the Aral Sea located between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
They had seen him in the morning, or at least that is what I made sense of the conversation.We begin in Tajikistan, site of the most recent intrusion by the “fashion police,” literally.During a celebration to mark Mother’s Day (formally International Women’s Day), it seems President Emomali Rahmon was upset by the appearance of several women dressed in long black robes traditionally worn by women in Islamic countries further south and west of Tajikistan.It was ladies time to bathe in the outside pool and we headed up a little hill to find this pool behind a wall. But local ladies were very comfortable and even commented on our swimming suits. I dashed back down the steps hoping that no-one had seen me; there were no shouts so I guess I got away with it.Abdullah was at the bottom laughing and herded me into a bath house for another soak'.'Then next was a bath outside. There were about 50 of big Tajik guys without shade on their stuff.