Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan: Disputed Border Heightens Risk of Conflict

Men bathe in a canal near Arka, Kyrgyzstan. Locals say the canal marks the border with Tajikistan. (Photo: David Trilling)

Ask an ethnic Kyrgyz in the cramped village of Tash-Tumshuk what country he lives in and he will reply confidently, “Kyrgyzstan.” Shout over the mud-brick fence to the ethnic Tajik next door and he will, with equal conviction, say he lives in Tajikistan, in a village called Hojа Alo.

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David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor. Natalia Yefimova-Trilling is a freelance journalist who writes about Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan: Disputed Border Heightens Risk of Conflict

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