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An “Increasingly Uncertain” Future for Central Asia's Fergana Valley

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Citizen Media, Environment, Ethnicity & Race, Health, International Relations, War & Conflict

On the Caravanistan blog, Cycloscope writes [1] about radioactive landfill sites in the Fergana Valley [2], a region “absurdly divided between Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan”:

Unaware of the dangers of radioactivity, the locals take the equipment in the old abandoned mines and sell them as scrap, risking not only their own lives but also the spread of radioactivity. A further problem is the use of rock from landfills as a building material for houses and roads.

The threat coming from radioactive waste is aggravated by unsettled borders, water scarcity, and a history of ethnic riots, making the future of the region “increasingly uncertain”.