It is a harsh, unforgiving existence for the 1,200 Kyrgyz people who live at the end of the remote and inhospitable Wakhan corridor in Afghanistan, a 140-mile-long strip of land surrounded by China, Tajikistan and Pakistan. Less than half of the children there live to see their fifth birthday. And it is commonplace for women to die during childbirth. There are no doctors and no roads or vehicles. They live so high up there are no trees. In winter, the temperature goes down to 40 degrees below zero, and there are as many as 340 days of freezing weather a year. They live in near-complete isolation in a place so removed that the Afghan wars never made it this far. For thousands of years, the Kyrgyz lived a nomadic life, wandering from Siberia and Mongolia to Kazakhstan and China into Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and eventually — about 150 years ago — into the Wakhan. The grass there was good. The Kyrgyz would spend their summers fattening up their animals and during the harsh winters would move into the lower valleys, which were then in Russia or, on the other side, China. But the Russian Revolution in 1917 cut off part of that route, and when the Chinese closed their border after the revolution in 1949, some Kyrgyz were trapped in this desolate section of Afghanistan. Cut off from their brethren on the other side of the borders, they had to adjust to the brutal winters. Continue reading
Dushanbe, Tajikistan, January 24, 2013 – The USAID Land Reform Project hosted an event in Dushanbe to mark the completion of a three-year project to create a market in land use rights and celebrate the major achievements of the Tajik government in advancing Land Reform. U.S. Ambassador Susan M. Elliott and Deputy Prime Minister Murodali Alimardon opened the event attended by donor representatives and government officials.
Ambassador Elliott noted that “Land reform is essential for the development of the agricultural sector, and the security of land use rights is a critical for the development of this sector. When farmers have confidence in the security of their land rights they are willing to make long-term investments that will increase land productivity and profitability.” Continue reading
Dushanbe, Tajikistan, December 10, 2012 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Country Director, Kathleen McDonald participated in a ceremony to officially open the office for the Nahri Kalon Water User Association in Yangiyul Jamoat of Qubodiyon district. The ceremony was attended by local government officials, U.S. Embassy representatives, local citizens, and implementers of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative. USAID established the Water Users Association through the Family Farming Program. The water users’ association will facilitate steady access to irrigation water for over 25,169 residents in this food insecure district. Continue reading
CATBIG is delighted to welcome to their first CATBIG meetings HM Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Judith Farnworth (the first resident Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan from the UK), and HM Ambassador to Tajikistan, Robin Ord-Smith LVO.
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are the two least-developed countries in Central Asia, without (at present) significant oil and gas reserves, although they do have other mineral deposits which are attracting international investors. They are also major recipients of development aid, particularly in the infrastructure sector, where the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, EuropeAid and our own Department for International Development all have significant programmes offering a wide range of business opportunities. Continue reading
With this photo project and exhibition we aim to give an insight into the unique nature of Tajikistan and the Tajiks culture from the perspective of those who have experienced them. The idea is to give a view of the tajik culture through a tajik perspective. Everyone who has impressive photos, we invite you share them with the European and Central Asian audiences. After being presented in Germany, it will be moved to Tajikistan in 2013.
For submitting your photo, you will find more detailed information under www.myperspective.eu.
The deadline for photo submissions is the 30th of September, 2012. You will receive notification concerning your submission by the end of October.
The exhibition will be hold in the month of december 2012 in Berlin, Invalidenstr. 42.
You will find more Information about the opening ceremony a.s.o. on facebook:
Exploring the everyday life and landscape of this remote mountainous state, the exhibition features the work of Tajik photographer and tour operator, Surat Toymastov and emerging Russian documentary photographer, Alena Kondyurina.
Marking 20 years of Tajikistan’s independence, this exhibition is part of a series of events planned by VSO in partnership with The Embassy of The Republic of Tajikistan in the UK, The British Embassy in Tajikistan, The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tajikistan, Continue reading
Dushanbe, Tajikistan (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thanked Tajikistan’s president Saturday for his country’s support of efforts to defeat al-Qaeda and bring security to neighboring Afghanistan.
Clinton later flew to Uzbekistan, where she discussed Afghanistan, human rights and economic ties. Continue reading
October 3, 2011. Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Nearly 400 smartly dressed spectators were treated to a fashion extravaganza at the new Dushanbe Serena Hotel in Dushanbe Tajikistan, hosted in the garden amidst flowers and fountains. The late afternoon autumn light was a perfect complement to the stunning ensembles that came down the catwalk. The event was a call to become a fashion-forward supporter of aspiring local designers who need a challenge and some Continue reading