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Life On The Tajik-Kyrgyz Border

The poorly defined borders in parts of Central Asia have been a source of tensions for decades; this month, those tensions exploded into violence in Uzbekistan’s Sokh exclave, which is populated mainly by ethnic Tajiks and surrounded by Kyrgyz territory. But for many people, unclear borders and even uncertain citizenship are simply a fact of life. Photographer Svetlana Zelenskaya shot this photo essay about Gulbubu Isaeva, who lives on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border in the Ferghana Valley. Photos courtesy of