In the outskirts of the capital of Kyrgyzstan settlements spawn at a nonstop pace due to internal migration of the country. No work and bad living conditions makes people from remote areas of the country move to Bishkek for a better life.
Most find themselves thrown into even worse life conditions than before due to the countrys heavy propiska laws.
Propiska was a system developed in the Soviet Union to control migration and movement of people throughout the country. All you civil rights belongs to a given place, normally your birthplace – and if you leave this area all your rights are left behind. This law recides today in Kyrgyz law.
This is the story of a family from sourthern Kyrgyzstan who moved to Bishkek 8 years ago and still have no basic rights, no school for the children, no work permits so they are forced to live ontop of the biggest wastedump in the country – here they scavege for plastic and metal which they sell for money.
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