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Latest news from Kazakhstan

KAZAKHSTAN: Greater HIV awareness amongst youth needed

ALMATY, 30 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Despite efforts to raise the level of HIV/AIDS awareness in Kazakhstan, young people remain inhibited about speaking openly about the issue and how it may impact their lives. Full report

KAZAKHSTAN: UNDP reports highlight Semipalatinsk

ANKARA, 16 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan has launched two separate reports on the plight of those living around the former nuclear testing site of Semipalatinsk, 500 km east of the capital, Astana.Full report

KAZAKHSTAN-TAJIKISTAN: Tajik labour migrants seek better livelihoods

ALMATY, 14 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - While thousands of Tajik labourers migrate to Russia for work each year, Kazakhstan provides a second and closer alternative, enjoying the highest level of economic growth in the region.Full report

KAZAKHSTAN: Afghan refugees seek third-country resettlement

ALMATY, 10 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Life has been hard on Saliha Azizullah. Arriving in Kazakhstan nine months earlier from her native Afghanistan, she had hoped for a better life in Central Asia's largest nation - only to have that dream turn into a nightmare. Full report

KAZAKHSTAN: Syrdarya floods, hundreds evacuated in south

ANKARA, 2 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - More than 500 people have been evacuated in southern Kazakhstan after the Syrdarya river broke its banks downstream from the Chardara reservoir.Full report

KAZAKHSTAN: The challenge of sustaining returnees

ALMATY, 25 Feb 2005 (IRIN) - Standing outside his simple, roughly constructed home with his wife and three children, Bakhtyar Kelmanov, an ethnic Kazakh from Nukus, Uzbekistan, couldn't be happier.Full report

KAZAKHSTAN-KYRGYZSTAN: Syrdarya flooding risk high in south

ANKARA, 8 Feb 2005 (IRIN) - Water levels in Kazakhstan's southern Chardara Reservoir on the Syrdarya River are running dangerously high. Officials estimate it will only be another week before it reaches full capacity.Full report

KAZAKHSTAN-UZBEKISTAN: Travellers report border corruption

CHERNYAEVKA, 2 Feb 2005 (IRIN) - “Frontier guards and customs officials consider people like us as sub-humans. They have just pushed and insulted me. They openly rob us,” Guli Opa, a 45-year- old Uzbek crossing the border for a funeral, told IRIN in Chernyaevka, on the northern Uzbek-Kazakh frontier, about 50 km from the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.Full report

KAZAKHSTAN: Special report on ethnic Germans

ALMATY, 1 Feb 2005 (IRIN) - For Irina Geisler, a young ethnic German in the Kazakh commercial capital of Almaty, 'returning' to Germany, couldn't be more natural. "I feel German. It's my dream," the 19-year-old linguistics student told IRIN. Her application for German citizenship currently awaits approval. Full report

KAZAKHSTAN: OSCE migration conference ends

ANKARA, 25 Jan 2005 (IRIN) - The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has concluded an international seminar on the economic and environmental aspects of migration in the Kazakh commercial capital of Almaty.Full report


IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Kazakhstan

KAZAKHSTAN: The challenge of sustaining returnees

KAZAKHSTAN: Interview with UN Resident Coordinator, Yuriko Shoji

KAZAKHSTAN: Interview on Almaty earthquake preparedness

KAZAKHSTAN: Interview with new opposition leader

KAZAKHSTAN: Interview with participant at controversial Euroasian Media Forum


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