Dear UNESCO Council, to lose a centuries-old culture and language would be a tragedy. We need as much help as we can get, many of the Kalash are homeless due to natural disasters and some are even converting due to social pressures. Please consider our bid seriously for it is a very important matter.
Natural disasters have been a threat to centuries-old indigenous culture and language. While there have been made sustainability plans, it is feared that it wont be enough to preserve the culture and languages of these isolated indigenous groups.
The danger of natural disasters are ever-present in Chitral, making the Kalash tribes in grave danger of losing more and more people. They are already losing residents and participants due to social pressure and conversions, and these natural disasters don't make the issue any easier to deal with. The tribes are at risk of dying off and there needs to be a solution.
The Kalash tribe has been in an ever growing-danger of ceasing to be, due to conversions, social pressures, and natural disasters that cause such dwindling numbers that have come down to a mere 3,000. They have been fighting for identity with their UNESCO bid because they feel as if it is not being taken seriously, even though they have federal government protection.
As if there wasn't enough social pressure on the Kalash, there are now conservative muslims who blame them and their "immoral ways" for causing the earthquake through the "wrath of Allah". This puts more and more pressure on the Kalash to convert or remove themselves from their tribes making which would cause their numbers to dwindle even more.
Due to conversions to Islam, the population of those who reside in the Kalash tribe have been shrunken down to a mere 12,000 residents who are only present in just three Chitral Valleys. The elders of the tribe fear of losing this already dying culture, and they could only find the source of conversion to schools where they teach a lot of Islamic values.