Faizabad is a town of about 10,000 people about 60 km east of Dushanbe, and it is also the name of the district surrounding the town, which has a population of about 80,000. We were there to conduct a baseline analysis of the district’s status for work purposes. Below are some photos from yesterday.
So this is your basic street view of the town; as with everywhere in this part of Tajikistan, the vegetation is big, lush, and green as we’ve had more rain than is usual for this time of year. It’s my understanding that by June it usually has stopped raining until the fall, but not so since I’ve been here.
You can see the ominious thunder clouds in the distance as we look at the Hukimat, or government center. You can also see the statute of Lenin in the square, which is called, naturally, Lenin Square. Some things die hard.
After a bunch of meetings with local stakeholders, we had lunch at this roadside restaurant. Our local partners were nice enough to treat us to lunch, and below is their picture with me.
Finally, before we wrapped up for the day, we visited a local non-profit in one of the outlying jamoats (or village regional councils) of Faizabad. It was only a few kilometers away from Faizabad Town, but it definitely had a more rural feel.
All in all, a really interesting day, and it was great to get out to the countryside.