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Homeless Turkmen Woman And Child Desperate For Help

Adalat Hemdemova is a young mother who has been living outdoors with her four-month-old baby ever since her mother-in-law locked her out of the family home. Adalat and her mother say they have been to the mayor's office and the district administration "10 or 15 times" seeking state help. On one recent visit to the district administration building, Adalat's mother said she tried to explain "with tears in my eyes" how desperate her daughter' plight was and she pleaded for assistance. "They kicked us out and said: 'You live wherever you live,'"