Building the Tallest Dam in the World

Vakhsh River, Tajikistan. Photo: Wikimedia

Of: Jonathan Wirths and Tessa Stockburger

Water has often been a central topic in the relations between the five former Soviet Republics - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The current construction of Rogun Dam on Vakhsh River in Tajikistan illustrates how the demand for water can become the source of various conflicts.

June 17, 2019, English, Long read, Magazine

Stolen, Enslaved and now my Wife

Kyrgyzstan has been accused by the United Nations of failing to protect victims and adequately prosecute perpetrators of bride-kidnapping. Photo: Gazvbubu Babayarova.

Of: Iryna Sharypina and Tessa Stockburger

In Kyrgyzstan, a girl is kidnapped every 40 minutes and forced into a marriage with her kidnapper. Now as #MeToo has spread around the globe, Kyrgyz women and girls are speaking out to end this practice.

April 10, 2019, Article, English, Magazine