Thursday, June 13, 2019

Report of a French traveler about a domestic toxic speech against the Wakhi minority of Chapursan Valley and its male international guests - credibility assessment of an alleged sexual conspiracy against local women and foreign female visitors – concerns about an emerging external extremism


 Gojal, a region located in the northern mountainous part of Pakistan at the Afghanistan and China corner, is still not an area with a high tourist frequentation. Nevertheless, unanimous reports praise its hospitality, its peaceful people and its pristine environment. The Facebook blog page “Black Mountain, Dragon Soul - a Wounded Mystic Spins Her Yarn" exposes a different point of view. While Ramla Akhtar (aka Rmala Aalam), the contributor of this blog, is a local resident with an external background, it is of importance to review what she reveals about risks faced, according to her, by solo female travelers in Chapursan Valley. We will look at the sources and inspirations of such a novel. We will try to separate what is part of ancient myths and what pertains to the today reality or imagination. Then, we will learn more on how the shock of cultures and traditions between two private people can take unexpected proportions in a country rich of diversity, passions and religions. This article will call for discernment. However, it is not intended to cover isolated abuses, if any, especially regarding the female condition, as it happens, unfortunately, in any part of our unperfected world.

All information published below come from, and only from, Ramla Akhtar  (aka Rmala Aalam)'s Facebook public posts or public comments on her Facebook blog page. Sometimes, for clarification purposes, a little information communicated via private messages received from her or from her friend Olga Leonidovna Ozerova will be used. Unless otherwise stated, all quotes are from public posts of Ramla Akhtar, respecting her typo, her spelling and her grammar.