Shing, Tajikistan

Finding a Family in Shing

A small tear formed in the corner of my eye as I stood in front of my host family, modeling the brightly colored traditional Tajik dress that Mavzuna and Ganjina spent much of the previous day making for me. “Ochen kraseevaya,” they exclaimed with excitement. “Tajik devushka,” proclaimed my host mother Mouhayo with huge smile …

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Shing, Tajikistan

Village Life in Tajikistan

Growing up in middle class America, I take a lot of things for granted. I freak out if a thunderstorm knocks out power for even a few hours and heaven forbid I lose my internet connection at home.  I have never known life without indoor plumbing and driving on dirt roads has never been part …

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