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A Story Of The Pamir Kyrgyz

35 years ago the Kyrgyz nomads fled Afghanistan from the upcomming Soviet invation. Already having escaped twice from Communism, first from Soviet Union, later in mid 1950s from Maoist China, the Kyrgyz of Afghan Pamir were afraid of loosing their culture, language and religion. They spent four difficult years as one of the first refegees from Afghanistan, then taken over by Communists. In 1982 they were invited to live in the very far east Kurdish areas in Turkey. Today but assimilation processes is taking away their culture and language. But they live relatiely properous lives in a village called Uluu Pamir, to remember their homeland where they probably will never return. Janyl Jusupjan recently visited the village in Turkey and compiled this photogallery.

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