‘Be patient’: families of Kyrgyzstan’s migrant workers left behind – in pictures

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The pregnant widow of a migrant worker taken in Chek, Batken Oblast. Between 2014 and 2015 Elyor Nematov documented the daily lives of the families left behind for his project, Father Comes Tomorrow

 

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Laila, 70, is raising four grandchildren in Djangijer. Their parents have been working in Russia for more than three years. ‘Whenever a plane flies over us in the sky, the children ask me, ‘Maybe it’s our parents coming back?’ I tell them to ‘be patient’

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Women cooking Sumalyak, a traditional springtime dish in Osh, Osh Oblast. ‘Father comes tomorrow’ is a phrase familiar to millions of children across central Asia, though no one knows when ‘tomorrow’ will actually come

See further images here. (Original published in Guardian)

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