With the continuous efforts of maintaining peace and communal harmony throughout the world, more and more measures are being taken to address the progress as well as development related issues faced by isolated Afghans. Several attempts have already been made by various global entities to facilitate the lifestyle of the Kyrgyz people living in the remotest part of Afghanistan. But inspite of that multi-billion dollar international aid, their fate still remains uncertain.
Significant changes have been made until now
There are around 1,100 Kyrgyz family residing in the Wakhan Corridor, the slice of lowland in Afghanistan squeezed in between three neighbor countries – Pakistan, China and Tajikistan. It is called the ‘roof of the world’ by local people. Earlier in 20th century, the government of the country officially closed the border of that area, which eventually turned those thousands of Kyrgyz into inadvertent Afghan citizens.
Though these people are considered as long-neglected community, a wide range of foreign supports are available for them these days. From better medical facilities to advanced and well-equipped schoolrooms, they are provided with everything they need for a superior lifestyle. In spite of bad network coverage, the ethnic Kyrgyz of Afghanistan are now proud possessor cellphones. A rocky runway is also made at the Wakhan by a Western aid group, which has given them an opportunity to see airplanes for the first time in life.
Fate of thousand people is still uncertain
Even though billions of dollars have been spent for reconstructing this poor nation, it has not altered the fortune of the residents that much. They are still struggling to survive the cruel weather and keep up their besieged life. There are a number of other issues which are making the life of these isolated Afghans unbearable. The roads in the region are extremely narrow and no political effort is being taken to resolve it. It is making the journey to school as well as clinics difficult for the residents. It has been long time an Afghan Government representative or a Western official has visited this secluded region. As a result, residents are living with little or no hope of getting resolutions.
The future of thousands of Kyrgyz of Afghanistan is still undecided due to the negligence of the Government. In such a situation, they are thinking of either shifting to the other part of Afghanistan or to a completely new country to secure a better future.