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Almaty – One in four Central Asians are migrants, meaning ten million people are on the move, often irregularly, in search of work. High unemployment, growing populations and low wages propel people from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, who face exploitation, trafficking, and human rights abuses.
In order to raise awareness of migration in the region, and counter the xenophobia and intolerance that feed these abuses, IOM, the UN Migration Agency and partners have organized a photo exhibition in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.
Tajik Entrepreneur Supports Returned Female Migrants in Her Mountain Bakery
Khursheda Ilchibekova has dreamed of having her own bakery since she was ten years old.
She grew up in the beautiful but troubled Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region in eastern Tajikistan, which was stricken by civil war and extreme poverty.
Life was especially hard for families with many small children, as was the case of Khursheda’s family of eight. The income from the little business which Khursheda’s parents operated was too small to put enough food on the table.
A women on a tractor is not a common sight in Tudaboyon village, a village which lies by the border with Afghanistan. Despite women in Tajikistan increasingly taking on agricultural responsibilities and working the fields whilst their husbands and sons have migrated to Russia for work; there are still some things that are not considered normal or appropriate for women to do.
Dushanbe - The Tajik-Afghan border stretches for over 1300 kilometres through remote, inaccessible, and extremely mountainous terrain. It cuts through the Pamir Mountains, the so-called “Rooftop of the World”, home to some of the world’s highest mountains at the junction of the Hindu Kush, Tian Shan and Himalayan ranges.
Norak – The IOM mission in Tajikistan successfully delivered 1500 litres of fuel to operate machines excavating debris in the town of Norak. From the 9th to the 12th of May, torrential rains triggered floods and mudslides in several villages of Khatlon and Sughd provinces, destroying and damaging dozens of houses, bridges, social infrastructures and water lines.
Dushanbe - During the period April–May 2014, IOM Tajikistan has delivered the 5th and 6th rounds of ten-day joint “Humanitarian Border Management” (HBM) workshops targeting 15 Tajik and 24 Afghan personnel of border crossing points of the two countries. The HBM Course took place at the Training Centres in Dushanbe and Khorog – the capital of Badakhshan Province of Tajikistan.
Dushanbe - We meet Shahzoda in an isolated dusty village in Tajikistan’s Farkhor district. Just a few kilometers from the Afghan border, many here are already preparing for the winter and huge piles of hay blossom from under corrugated iron roofs. Hidden in the shade of a persimmons tree and sat on the patio of a house built with baked mud bricks, Shahzoda tells us her story.