Afghanistan Kirghiz

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The Kirghiz lived in yurts, tended large flocks of sheep and utilized yak which are found only in this area of Afghanistan.


The Kirghiz are a Sunni Mongoloid group speaking Kipchak Turkic dialects who were originally from Central Asia. About 3,000 lived in the Pamir mountains east of the Wakhan Corridor, one of the more inaccessible regions in the world where relatively flat valleys suitable for habitation lie at altitudes over 10,000 feet between ranges rising over 16,500 feet. Only a small group remains. A majority moved to Pakistan in 1978 after Soviet and Afghan troops occupied the Wakhan; later, in 1983, resettled in Turkey.

You can read more regarding this subject on the following websites:

Kyrgyz people - Wikipedia
The Kirghiz of Afghanistan by Iraj Bashiri - Angelfire
Kirghiz of Afghanistan | Iraj Bashiri -
Afghanistan's Kirghiz in Turkey | Cultural Survival
Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic - Wikipedia

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