/ by Zachary Krahmer

On my first day we drove to Jalalabad where we were hosting a roundtable discussion on issues in border communities on border with Uzbekistan. Many of these areas are unstable and there is frequent conflict between border guards on either side. 

In a strange twist of fate, about an hour after we left the meetings in the Jalalabad Oblast Administration building, a separate protest overtook the building and occupied it.

Details on that: translated news link here

Glad we made it back safely. Interesting first day.


Kyrgyz border guards at the roundtable discussions. The talks lasted about 3 hours and included community leaders, journalists and border guards from each side.