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Afghan Turkmen Trapped Near Border with Turkmenistan

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"Our village is surrounded...for six days we cannot go outside...bullets are coming from every direction."
 
Those were the words of ethnic Turkman Durdymurad Muhammatdurdyogly, a resident of the village of Marchak, in northern Afghanistan's Baghdis Province.
 
(We've been to Marchak before at Qishloq Ovozi.)
 
Muhammetdurdyogly was speaking to RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk, on April 21. Azatlyk has been tracking the plight of ethnic Turkmen in northern Afghanistan for many months. During that time the situation has gone from bad to worse.
 
Muhammetdurdyogly told Azatlyk on April 21 that fighting between Taliban militants and government troops had been going on in Marchak for six straight days. He said there were dead bodies lying on the ground all around Marchak and there were wounded villagers, but he could not say how many. "No one has information on what is even happening in the next house. For the last six days, we can't leave our home," Muhammetdurdyogly said.

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Afghan Turkmen Trapped Near Border with Turkmenistan

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