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Transforming Lives

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Children at Yazgulam's School No. 22 enjoy interactive lessons, part of innovative changes suggested by a USAID education initia

The village of Yazgulam in Gorno Badakhshan District was one of the hotbeds of Tajikistan’s civil war from 1992 to 1997. Although the war ended years ago, Yazgulam’s inhabitants were still afraid of the militants that continued to wander around the village. “Safety was the main concern. I didn’t have high hopes that this place would ever improve,” said resident Khafiz Azoraev.

Khamzaev Farm owner Abdumukim Mirkarimov (left) appraises the apricot harvest with farm personnel.

The old Tajik city of Isfara is famous for its apricot orchards. Apricot production is the main source of income for the population of this region, and for years the high productivity allowed exports to countries of the former Soviet Union.

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Last updated: February 27, 2014

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