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MAUREEN LINES MEMORIAL APPEAL A few months before she died Maureen was approached by the women in Birir asking if she could possibly provide the village with a new Bashali house as theirs had been so badly damaged in the … Continue reading

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Maureen Lines – Obituary

Maureen Patricia Lines – Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (23 October 1937 – 17 March 2017) Maureen Lines died on 17 March 2017 at the age of 79 and her death has brought great sadness upon many – the numerous and virtually uncountable people … Continue reading

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On the other side of paradise

UPDATE – January 2017 Unique, beautiful, absolute paradise. These are some of the expressions used to describe the Kalash valleys. When I first came here in 1980, I probably used the same ones. In those days there was no electricity, no … Continue reading

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September 2016 Update

Dear Friends As usual, when I left for Birir two months ago, friends both here and online said the same old mantra, have a nice time and plenty of peace. I don’t think my life in Birir has ever been … Continue reading

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November 2015

Dear Friends YES!!! Another disaster appeal….!  It is no joke, I can assure you. The epicentre was northern Afghanistan and the areas badly hit on this side of the Durand Line, were the Shangla area of Swat, Chitral, Dir and … Continue reading

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Chitral Disaster

Just as we were about to go to press with the summer 2015 newsletter update from Maureen, disaster has struck the Kalash Valleys again with floods far worse than those of 2010, we received the following desperate email from Chitral: … Continue reading

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March 2015

Dear Friends We now start a new season. My family returned to Birir at the end of February in order for the kids to go back to school, but they returned to winter and the eldest daughter and son were … Continue reading

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The KALASHA of the Hindu Kush

THE KALASHA OF THE HINDU KUSH is a photographic journey of thirty odd years through the Kalasha valleys. Mercifully, it is indeed a photographic book. The written text has been limited to just the essential information for the reader to … Continue reading

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November 2014

THE SCHOOL It is with great joy that I can give you the following news.  The second school room is now almost complete and will be finished before the winter sets in. The Middle School pupils in the first class … Continue reading

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September 2014

FROM DISASTER TO CATASTROPHE Dear Friends FROM DISASTER TO CATASTROPHE was the title of my last book published in 2010, the year of the great flood in Pakistan.  As a friend here, said: “Maybe you are being prophetic”. Indeed.  Even the … Continue reading

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