Wildness – shows the impact of bridekidnapping on Kyrgyz society.
Iris Oppelaar trok voor MO* naar de landen van herkomst én naar hun ellendige onderkomens in Rusland.
Impoverished and oppressed, Central Asian migrants to Russia make perfect targets for extremist recruiters.
Twenty-five years after independence, the former Soviet republics of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are still largely dependent on Russia. Tajikistan, the poorest of the Central Asian countries has a GDP in which 28% (7,85 billion USD in total) consists of money being earned and sent home by migrant workers in Russia.
Kyrgyzstan, which joined the Eurasian Economic Union in 2015 has an estimated 1,5 million migrants in Russia, which equals 25% of the total population.
What drives people to migrate to Russia, leaving their families behind? Upon arrival in Russia, do migrants find what they hoped for?
Bekmurza Tadjibaev (42) sells food at the Dordoy Bazaar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. For One World Magazine I followed Bekmurza for a day.
Andarak, a small village in the far south of Kyrgyzstan, 20 km from the Tajik border. Men are hanging around on the streets while a family is gathering chestnuts from a nearby three. Besides some shops and a canteen, Andarak has little to offer.