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Turkmenistan’s Reality: Unpaid Wages and Shortages of Food

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“You get there and the line is so long it can take three to five days. People sleep in front of the factory.”
 
That’s what a resident of Turkmenistan’s northern Dashoguz Province told RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk.
 
What was worth sleeping outside a factory for several days?
 
A 50-kilogram sack of flour.
 
Despite the glowing accounts Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov and other officials give of the country’s economy, testimony from the ground paints an entirely different picture.
 
According to people who contacted Azatlyk, in Dashoguz Province, where some 1.2 million people living in nine districts, domestically produced flour is available only in the Gyorogly district. For some people, this means a 200-kilometer trek.
 
The official explanation for the flour shortage is the temporary shutdown of the flour mill in the city of Konyeurgench. However, locals in contact with Azatlyk dismissed this notion, saying there are plants producing flour in each of Dashoguz’s districts.
 

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Turkmenistan’s Reality: Unpaid Wages and Shortages of Food

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