Photo of the day Tajikistan Rangkul Village

Lively desert

Rangkul is located in the middle of a desert at 3800m altitude, off the main road. Here there is no running water or electricity, as in all the villages of the region, but also no commerce. Livestock is essential for survival. The scattered tufts of grass that grow here are transformed by the cattle into dairy products and meat, which make up more than half of the inhabitants’ diet. So when the herd returns from distant pastures, the desert comes alive for a few minutes.

Credit: Cyril Caldero (France)

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