A Letter from Andijon

by Nathan Hamm on 5/13/2005

Dee Warren is safe and has gotten out of Andijon.

Briefly while I wait for her confirmation that it’s OK to post her account (she was unable to get it on her website), here is some of what she said. She got into town only hours before everything went down and didn’t know anything had happened until she got a call about it in the morning. She was unable to see anything from where she was, but noticed that it was much quieter than usual. To make a long story short, Peace Corps was unable to enter the city to get to her and she had to walk out through a checkpoint (where there had been shooting a half hour earlier) to get to them.

She witnessed a heavy blockade around the city, tight checkpoints, uniformed men being bused in, and buses pack with what were presumably protesters being moved out of the city.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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