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BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 12 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1257
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
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    Beyond Pakistan’s northwestern frontier lies Tajikistan. Beautiful, mountainous, and poor, it is home to hospitable people of Persian descent. In the capital, Dushanbe, are shop names in Russian and, earlier this summer, a haze of dust blown there, people said, from Afghanistan.

    Waiting for visas at the airport, we met men with guitar shaped bags and London accents. They were members of Maroon Town, the first British band to tour Tajikistan. The name comes from a Jamaican community …

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