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· March, 2019

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from March, 2019

In the Caucasus, queer people are forced to flee their homes

"There is a point after which you just can’t take it anymore."

Afghan government is ready for talks with the Taliban, but are their victims?

Crossfire, improvised explosive devices, assassinations, bombings, nighttime raids on homes of suspected insurgents and airstrikes have been blamed for high civilian casualty numbers.

Keeping it in the family: Kazakhstani president Nazarbayev resigns, but leaves little hope for real reform

Despite the surprise transition, all signs suggest that the new regime will look very much like the old one.

#FreeSerikjan and the long shadow of Xinjiang's camps in neighbouring Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan's government is nervous about what Seikjan Bilash does, as well as what he might do if allowed to grow more popular.

Hopeful Armenian students make video about studying abroad

The students speak about their lives in a foreign land and their expectations for the future, when they return to Armenia.

Afghan women send a message to government, Taliban: We want in

"Peace does not just mean an end to the war. No country can be successful in its national programs without the participation of women."

Kazakhstan silences the Xinjiang megaphone

“I have one issue – and that issue is Xinjiang.”

How Kyrgyz authorities almost banned a women's rally on International Women's Day

A nationalist vigilante group had pledged to break up the rally but the event went ahead without interruption.

Queer women in Russia’s North Caucasus ‘face sexual violence, forced marriage, and murder’

Out of the 21 women interviewed by QWNC, eight knew someone among their friends, relatives, or neighbours killed by their male family members for behaviour that "humiliated the family."

Meet the heroes helping Afghanistan's suicide bomb victims rediscover hope

“Everyone there was telling Shukria that she would not able to walk, but I was telling her that she had to walk.”

#MeTooSebat: Kyrgyz take to social media to debate controversial ‘Gulen schools’

The schools are among the best in Kyrgyzstan but have powerful enemies, including Turkey, and a reputation for secrecy.

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