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Women on the verge of despair: My husband went to work in Russia

This series depicts the life of women in Tajikistan, оne of the poorest countries of Central Asia. At least 1.5 million Tajiks live and work in Russia to feed their families due to the unemployment crisis back home. Most of them are young men doing hard and dangerous work that Russian people prefer not to take on. As a result, over the past decade Tajikistan has turned into a country of women, who take care of everything: home, children, old parents, everyday problems. The idea of this series is to show their life without men.
By Katerina Savina, specially for RIR
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Katerina Savina

To be a woman // Adila has a big family, husband and 3 sons, she hasn't seen them for 2 years, they are working in the city of Omsk, Russia. They can't come back home, because their employer took their passports and don't let them leave.
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To wait // Farishta hasn't seen her husband for almost a year. He left to work in Russia 3 weeks after wedding.
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To be strong // Anzurat's village is located 8km from the road. Everything she has in her house was carried by hands.
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To hope // Gulnamo and her husband are saving money for a new house. Husband is working in Russia 8 months a year. Gulnamo keeps home and family alone. They hope to start building in to years.
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To be obedient // Sunam doesn't show her face, because she's afraid of her husband in Russia can see, that she's posing to a stranger.
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To endure // Parents of Ashona's husband are treating her bad, she has to do all house work and studying to be a nurse. She dreams to follow her husband to Russia.
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To keep warm // The village Kara-Art, where Baizo lives is located in the Pamir Alpine desert, where winter frosts reach -45-50 C degrees.
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To stay young // 68 years old Shukrona is taking care of four baby grandkids. Their parents left to work in Russia when the youngest of babies was 7 months old.
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To believe in love // Only one or Sayera's four daughters got married. All young man in the village left to work in Russia.
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To fulfill her duty // Bahor came back home after six years working in Moscow to take care of her old parents.
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To dream // Shakhnoza studies at school, where there're no teachers of foreign languages. She learns Russian, English and Farsi by herself with books. Her dream is to become a journalist.
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To live no matter what // Little Dulhuz is raised by old grandparents. She never saw mom and dad.
16 October 2016
Tags: tajikistan, women, photo

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