by Nathan Hamm on 5/31/2005

Details on the leaving Peace Corps Uzbekistan volunteers

The Uzbek government has not only denied extention of their visas, they have not even communicated with Peace Corps Tashkent over the past weeks leading up to their visa expiration date. This is a drastic change from last year when, faced with the same issues, they were at least taking calls, returning them, and maintaining dialogue. It’s a different ball game this time around.

The Country Director is among those having to leave. The Assistant Director’s visa expires in July, and more volunteers need renewals in August and September. It looks like the slow death of Peace Corps Uzbekistan.

And in Urumqi…

I got an update that the Uzbek refugees in Urumqi did just arrive. Also, the police in the city are more visible and stepping up the irritating things police like to do in places like China.

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