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When we visited Pakistan in 1992 we had the privilige of being invited to visit an Afghan refugee camp near Peshawar in the northwest frontier province of Pakistan. In those days there were 4 million Afghan refugess in Pakistan as a result of the war against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. This is an old Afghan sport which consist in a bunch of horsemen fighting over a dead sheep which they have to pick up from the field and carry round on their horse until it is snatched away by another rider and so on and so forth. I never fully understood the rules, I was too captivated by the noise, the smell and the colours. These are Afghan tribesmen and know no fear. They say polo originated with this tribal sport as observed by the English. I don't know if that is true.
Obviously an old print, scanned as bmp, cropped and resized and enhanced before saving as jpeg for the web. The camera was a semi-automatic Pentax.

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