Photos: Ahmet, top, and his wife and son, Arben, bottom.
Meet Ahmet's family
Ahmet and his family - Arben's wife also lives with them - are particularly interested in the fate of the bridge: they live on the ‘wrong’ side of the gorge, the one that is completely cut off from the rest of the region when the present bridge is impassable. When asked how they cope with an isolation that could last for weeks on end, they told us: “We make sure we have enough food stored away, and wait for it to pass”. Yet being isolated from others is not a problem only for them, but for the community as a whole. As one of the key beekeepers, Ahmet keeps several beehives on his land. When the farm is cut off from the community, it means many people are cut off from one of their main sources of livelihood.
Meet the villagers...
Isuf, the head of the cooperative
Hajrie, one of the first women to be
involved in the project
Ahmet's family, where beekeeping
spans across generations
Murat and his children