An Urgent Plea from Tajikistan

Dear brothers and sisters,

Please, be informed that on July 16, 2015 a severe mudflow triggered by glacial melt amid abnormally hot weather in Tajikistan has affected the village of Barsem and Kolkhozabad in the Shugnan district of Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO).

The mudflow carrying with it the mass of slurry, huge rocks and uprooted trees formed a giant dam blocking the Ghund River. The river returned back and the water is approaching the village of Tang, where the Pamir-1 hydroelectric power plant (HPP) is located.

Two units of the Pamir-1 HPP and units of the Khorog HPP supplying electricity to the Shugnan district, Khorog, the Roshtqala district, part of the Ishkashim district and part of the Rushan district had been switched off and these areas have been left without power for almost 4 days.

Today the geography of the natural disaster has greatly expanded and it includes territories of Barrushan, Bartang, Vanj of GBAO and other part of Tajikistan outside the Pamirs’ borders. And there is no guarantee that the scale of the tragedy will not increase. As of now, the situation remains uncertain and serious.

Despite the fact that a coordination unit was established between international organizations in cooperation with the government of Tajikistan, there is still a great deal of effort required to bring the situation back to normal.

As a result of the natural disaster in the Pamirs, some 70 houses have been partially or completely destroyed, cemeteries and sown areas flooded, two kilometers of the road, as well as power lines in the towns of Barsem and Kolkhozabad remain under the water.

According to official data, the total damage caused by the disaster amounted to more than 3 million dollars in the Pamirs alone, and approximately 100 million dollars nationwide. For one of the poorest countries in Central Asia, this is a very substantial cost.

Around 500 Ismaili brothers and sisters have been uprooted and are currently in a tent camp in the town of Manem in Shugnan district. There are 5 to 10 people living in each tent. Every day, local authorities, international organizations and hundreds of volunteers bring them clean water and hot meals.

Various bank accounts have been opened countrywide which are receiving funds from organizations and individuals to purchase necessary goods to be sent to the affected areas in GBAO.

Pamiri Ismailis outside Tajikistan have also been raising funds to be sent to Khorog to responsible organizations and civil society groups. In this context, the members of the Pamiri Ismaili Jamoat in Washington DC have also launched a fundraising initiative amongst Tajik Ismailis living in Washington DC area, New York and other states. However, we would be more than happy to receive the support of other brothers and sisters outside Tajik Ismaili Community.

Below is the link to the paypal account for the foundation to make donations. Please circulate the e-mail or the link among our brothers and sisters in the US and Canada.


Donations can also be made by Direct Deposit to the following account:

Pamir Heritage Foundation, Inc
Citibank, N.A.
8023 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11228
Acc. No.: 9948519887

For those of you who are not familiar with the organization, please note that the Foundation is a charitable organization formed under 501(c)(3). It has been functioning since 2008 with a goal to promote and preserve the culture, language and history of Pamir and its people.

Update – Daily Disasters in Chitral – Flooding Continues

According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, as many as 70 more houses were demolished in the flood-hit areas in Chitral today. Rains and floods have now washed away more than 300 houses, 25 mosques, bridges, educational institutions, communication equipment and several acres of crops in Chitral.


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Report from Chitral – Urgent Update

IADC Inc has just learned of a humanitarian crisis underway in Northern Pakistan due to regional floods in Broghil Valley, Chitarl. Associated Press reports:

“Police say monsoon rains lashing northern Pakistan cause flooding that kills another 24 people

Associated Press
July 25, 2015 — 3:35am

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Heavy monsoon rains lashed an already-deluged northern Pakistan before dawn Saturday, as rescuers found the bodies of another 24 people killed by the flooding inundating parts of the country, police said.

The latest fatalities in Chitral in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province brought the number of deaths blamed on the flooding this week to 42 nationwide.

Local police official Abdul Qayyum said that rescuers in the past 24 hours found the bodies of 24 people in the rubble of homes around Chitral.

He said at least 30 people have been killed in Chitral since Sunday, when flash floods hit the region, affecting some 300,000 people and destroying bridges, roads and homes.”

Villages are buried under debris, dozens of people killed, homes destroyed, bridges washed away, essential supplies are dwindling.

Local Umar Rafee reports to I.A.D.C Inc.:

“We are badly affected by floods in Chitral, all roads are blocked, people cannot travel and food insecurity will get raise in future in place like Broghil. Many houses are washed away by floods, bridges, even human lives lost and people require supports from any one. We have suffered losses in million dollars and went back 20 years.

FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance and Army has been supporting but it is beyond their financial and human resources. The Prime Minister, Imran Khan and Chief Minister have paid visit to the Chitral but no one can composite the losses occurred to the families. Homes have been washed away, lands, agriculture, gardens, fruit trees and people more than 500 households are in tents and roads are blocked and will further create issues for other valleys to get food items from main town Chitral and it has been such … [garbled]

We need cash support for BYLSO (Broghil Yarkhun Local support Organizations), being the local single organizations need to provide food items for poors and we cannot able to receive direct food or clothes due road blockages and you can upload the vedioes, reports on Chitral flood from Pakistan news channels and other source.. Visit and and other sites for detail.

There are two passes Via Darkhot, Yasin valley of Gilgit 10 hours trekking by foot to broghil and another Via Ishkoman valley two full days trekking to Broghil.. I cannot access directly by jeep .. but i need support to take with me to my valley for the affected families and people who require like basic three times food items.

I know when the road gets cut off for the city and their agriculture get damage and there is no organization and people around to support with cash more than 100 families and like we need food items to arrange for small children and women and if not for all Rs 1 Million”

This current crisis exasperates an ongoing crisis that began last fall:
“Since August 16, torrential rains and flash floods have wrecked havoc in the scenic valley of Chitral, which is located in the extreme northeast of Pakistan along the Afghan border.

… over 25,000 people stranded in far-off villages…”

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A Journey to the Wakhan Pamir & Across Dilisang Pass to Misgar

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The Source of the Oxus River:
A Journey to the Wakhan Pamir & Across

Dilisang Pass to Misgar
(July-August 2004)

“There are few treasures of more lasting worth than the experiences of a way of life that is in itself wholly satisfying. Such, after all, are the only possessions of which no fate, no cosmic catastrophe can deprive us; nothing can alter the fact if for one moment in eternity we have really lived.” Eric Shipton

John Mock PhD and Kimberley O’Neil, a husband-and-wife team, are consultants, award-winning guidebook authors, and avid mountain explorers based in Yosemite National Park.

They have consulted on tourism development and promotion, ecotourism, biodiversity conservation, parks and protected area management, and wildlife conservation in northern Pakistan, Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor and the Afghan Pamir for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Aga Khan Foundation (Afghanistan), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), IUCN-The World Conservation Union, and the Snow Leopard Conservancy.

For fifteen years, they coauthored and contributed to several trekking, hiking and travel guidebooks for Lonely Planet Publications and received a National Outdoor Book Award.
Their love of mountains extends from the Sierra Nevada to Pakistan and Afghanistan where they have reconnoitered new trekking routes and crossed dozens of major passes and glaciers in the Karakoram, Hindukush and Pamir during the past thirty years, logging more than 10,000 kilometers, 60 passes, and 50 glacier traverses. Two of their expeditions were supported by Shipton-Tilman grants from W.L. Gore & Associates.

John Mock, Ph.D., is a South Asian scholar and anthropological linguist who specializes in South Asian languages and literature. His area of expertise is Wakhi language and culture, and the folklore of the Pamir / Hindukush / Karakoram / Himalaya ethnolinguistic region. His main research is on the oral traditions of the Wakhi people of northern Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan and he has received major support from the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship program, the Christensen Fund, and the Fulbright Senior Scholar program. He taught Urdu and Hindi at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Please see their Consulting Services, and John Mock’s curriculum vitae and Kimberley O’Neil’s résumé to learn more.

Northern Areas of Pakistan on Facebook

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We wanted to share this great resource on Facebook: the page Northern Areas of Pakistan.

It is full of exquisite photographs and videos of the Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral areas of Northern Pakistan.

Lovely photos like these do belie the fact that this is also a harsh and cold region in winter with poverty and large social issues that are a great burden on the inhabitants.

Enjoy these images, but then learn more about the I.A.D.C. Inc. mission and how you can help.