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People Of Two Lands: The Kyrgyz Of Jerge-Tal (Part 4)

We present the fourth of Janyl Jusupjan's five-part series of short films about the lives of ethnic Kyrgyz in the town of Jerge-Tal in northern Tajikistan.

In the first film we met Nooruz, a taxi driver who dreams of moving to Kyrgyzstan.

In the second film we met Khamid Boronov, an elderly schoolteacher who uses his spare time to gather local artifacts for a museum, to remind the people of Jerge-Tal of their common past.

In the third we looked at how Latofat, the only female singer in her village, half-Kyrgyz, half-Tajik, made a living as the second wife of a man from another village.

In this film we meet Saifaridin, an elderly man who fled Jerge-Tal during Tajikistan's civil war in the 1990s. He recalls life in Tajikistan, his reasons for leaving and how he, as a Kyrgyz from Tajikistan, has adjusted to life in Kyrgyzstan.

-- Bruce Pannier

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Qishloq Ovozi is a blog by RFE/RL Central Asia specialist Bruce Pannier that aims to look at the events that are shaping Central Asia and its respective countries, connect some of the dots to shed light on why those processes are occurring, and identify the agents of change. Content will draw on the extensive knowledge and contacts of RFE/RL's Central Asian services but also allow scholars in the West, particularly younger scholars who will be tomorrow’s experts on the region, opportunities to share their views on the evolving situation at this Eurasian crossroad. The name means "Village Voice" in Uzbek. But don't be fooled, Qishloq Ovozi is about all of Central Asia.


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