b&w fifteenÆ’(sager).jpgKhyber Pass, Federally Administered Tribal Area, Afghanistan – Pakistan Border, 2000

The people who live in the federally administered tribal area of Pakistan are fiercely proud with intense and devout ideas about honor, family and friendship. Women have a particularly difficult time based on tribal mores.

I was struck by the pure joy on these girls’ faces in the middle of a place that’s so difficult for girls growing up. Their exuberant expressions area  stark contrast with the environment they live in.

I believe that you can’t be happy unless you’re thankful, and that you can’t be thankful unless you have some context to appreciate what you have. These girls provide context on steroids.