Winters in Kyrgyzstan How would you cope with a winter that dragged on for months, regularly hitting temperatures as severe as -20⁰C? Maybe you’d batten down the hatches, turn up the heating to ‘max’, and make yourself a steaming hot chocolate.
These comforts are an impossible dream for people like 75-year-old Jursun and 66-year-old Asker, who dread the onset of winter in their home country of Kyrgyzstan. Lacking enough money to pay for continuous electric heating or even coal, they’re often reduced to burning manure or dry leaves to keep warm. Determined to tackle winter crises over the long term, we’re exploring all kinds of innovative ways forward.
Kyrgyzstan unrest In June 2010, Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second city which is located in the south of the country, saw a wave of violence between different ethnic groups, including Uzbeks and Kyrgyz. More than 400 people lost their lives, up to 3,500 were injured and many homes and businesses were destroyed.