Zukhra Iakupbaeva: From Tajikistan’s Dushanbe to Kyrgyzstan’s south border

In September 2013, Zukhra Iakupbaeva, a student of the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, participated in the mobile school organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

The way from Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, to the second largest city of country, Khujand, and from Khujand north to the Kyrgyz border, Zukhra says, presents a number of wonders in Central Asia. One can see innumerable amount of small and big rivers, such as Zaravshan and Syr Darya, the entirely mountainous areas with human settlements, Kairakum water reservoir, and so-called buffer zone, a 1 km line between Kyrgyz and Tajik borders. “This is, definitely, one of the picturesque ways in Central Asia,” shares Zukhra.

*The authorship of the photos belongs to Zukhra Iakupbaeva and Thorsten Wolters, participant of the school and a student of Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, Germany.