Alisher Suleimanov, an Uzbek, has been married to a Kyrgyz woman for 10 years. Together they have a 9-year-old son, but he hasn't seen either since southern Kyrgyzstan was rocked by interethnic violence in mid-June.
"We would be living fine, if our relatives wouldn't bother us," Suleimanov, 34, said. Even before the recent conflict, "[my wife's] brother didn't want to see us together. He was against our marriage because I am Uzbek and she is Kyrgyz. And now, since the conflict, they won't let me see her."
Mixed marriages have been one of the hidden casualties of June's ethnic violence. Living side-by-side for so many generations, Uzbeks and Kyrgyz intermarried, especially in urban centers such as Osh and Bishkek. Many of these couples say their lives have been altered by the violence.
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Alina Dalbaeva is a journalist based in Bishkek.