The most beautiful people on Earth.

When people ask me which country has the most beautiful people I never really hesitate with my answer, although beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder I would say the Tuareg People of the Sahara and the people of Afghanistan are the most beautiful men and women I have seen, it seems odd to me that both these people have seen so little peace and known so much pain. Below is an Aljazeera article on the Tuareg followed by some stunning Afghan portraits.

Misan Harriman.

The Tuareg

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The Tuareg are the indigenous people of the Sahara desert.

 

 They are one of the poorest and most isolated peoples in the world – and one of the most militarised.

They are an army of the poor in a land of astounding natural wealth; an animal-herding people in a dying world of drought.

For decades, many Tuareg men have left their homes in search of work in neighbouring countries. Thousands ended up in Libya, as workers and fighters, and many as mercenaries for slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

In late 2011, after Gaddafi’s death, thousands of them returned to their Saharan homeland in Niger and Mali.

But having lost access to the country that was their only source of livelihood, they came home to find little more than crushing poverty, hunger and drought.

Barely able to feed their children amidst total state neglect, the men launched a rebellion to found their own country – for which they had already chosen a flag and an old Tuareg name: Azawad.

But the Tuaregs would not be the only ones to emerge from a collapsing Libya with a lot of guns, and a plan. Al-Qaeda was also preparing for a fight.

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Afghan Portraits:

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Tyre Vendor, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002

Tyre Vendor, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002

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Afghanistan, 2002

Afghanistan, 2002

Description/Caption: Coal miner smoking a cigarette, Pol-e-Khomri, Afghanistan, 2002 "A coal miner, dark with the dust from the mine, slowly registers his presence against the darker field of the mine's deep shaft in central Afghanistan. Light from his lamp and the trail of white smoke from his cigarette focus attention. Then the whites of his eyes emerge, then his fingertips. Gradually he appears. This difficult image mirrors the tough lives of miners in Afghanistan, men who live perilously under threatening conditions." - Phaidon 55 "The image of the coal miner besmeared with dust is an iconic one in the history of photography. The white eyes looking out of the blackened skin make for a stark, almost graphic, contrast. This miner works in the Pol-e-Khomri mine, which has one of the richest coal seams in the country, but the mine is also one of most dangerous, with many fatalities." - Iconic Images Magnum Photos, NYC44609, MCS2002002 K006 Steve Mccurry_Book Looking East_Book Iconic_Book PORTRAITS_book PORTRAITS_APP final print_MACRO final print_Sao Paulo final print_Milan final print_Birmingham retouched_Sonny Fabbri 07/31/2013

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