Bridging the Gap

Natasha Merali
The ‘Friendship Bridge’ between Khorog (Gorno-Badakshan, Tajikistan) and the village of Shugnan (Afghan Badakshan, Afghanistan) stands over the clear rushing water of the Pyanj River, tucked between the snow-capped mountains at the heart of Central Asia. Since its opening in 2004, the bridge has helped foster plurality and enabled exchange and understanding by opening up local markets and stimulating regional trade. However, it has also served as a medium for the exchange of illicit goods,...
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