January/February  2006




Jan. / Feb. 2006 Contents 

 Real Issues
 Andaman Tribes that
 survived the tsunami
 maybe 'wiped out'


 Basmati - King of rice


 Worst health abuses

 Bhera - the town that
 time forgot


 7 Contemporary
 artists of Nepal


 Afghan teenager is
 Miss England


 the craft shop

 the print gallery

 the art gallery


 Between Heaven and Hell

  Silk Road on Wheels

 The Road to Freedom

Enduring Spirit

 Parsis-Zoroastrians of

The Moonlight Garden

Contemporary Art in









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Afghan teenager becomes the first ever Muslim girl to be crowned Miss England

"I'm making history and I'm very happy."

Hammasa Kohistani, 18, made history when she represented England in the Miss World championships in December 2005 in China. She was the first Muslim contestant to be crowned Miss England.

Born in Tashkent, central Uzbekistan, to Afghan parents who were forced to flee Afghanistan during the Taliban rule, Hammasa, who speaks six languages including Russian and Persian, was selected from 40 contestants following a two-day competition.

Dressed in an ivory white chiffon and silk ball gown designed and made by her mother, the teenager spoke of her joy at winning the title at Liverpool's Olympia Theatre. "I'm making history and I'm very happy. Hopefully I won't be the last."

Among the contestants was another Muslim entrant, Sarah Mendly, 23, who was voted Miss Nottingham.

Hammasa is currently studying for her A-levels in Politics, government, sociology, Media and English literature.










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