At the height of the recent border standoff between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a crew of journalists from Bishkek-based news website Kloop.kg made the arduous trek to the remote location to find out more. Kloop reporter Khloya Geine’s account, reproduced with permission here, describes a three-day trip that concluded on March 25 and offers a rare ground-level perspective on developments:
The drive from the southern Kyrgyzstan city of Osh to Ala-Buka takes about six hours. The mountainous road hugs the border and there are few road signs to show what country you are in at any given time. The last 40 kilometers of our drive were completed in dimming light.
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