October 20, 2021
General News

Taliban, weather, geopolitics: Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz wrestle with ‘stay or go?’

One day this April, when thick snow still covered the high-altitude Alai Valley, the small village of Taldy Suu saw a rare visit from a high-profile guest: President Sadyr Japarov. 

Japarov had come to meet with ethnic Kyrgyz from Afghanistan’s Pamir Mountains who had, a few months earlier, moved into homes built for them by the Kyrgyz government. At the meeting, he talked about bringing the last thousand-odd Kyrgyz from Afghanistan by the end of the year. 

Japarov in Taldy Suu (presidential administration)

“The hardships of the Pamir Kyrgyz have constantly disturbed my thoughts,” the president said during his April 4 visit. “I have wished to resettle them in their historic homeland for a long time, and now I mean to realize these intentions.” 

The first group of Afghan Kyrgyz arrived in Kyrgyzstan in October 2017, after more than a decade of negotiations with…

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