Uzbekistan: This Ravaged Land by Carolyn Drake

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A woman spreads a sheet out to dry. Kazakhdarya village was moved to its current location from near the Aral Sea after it flooded in 1959. The town grew as the Soviets built a fish factory and apartment complexes for its workers. The Aral Sea and the land around it have been drying out since then but, in 1963, hot water sprung up like a fountain from the drying wetlands around this village. People gather at these springs to bathe and wash their clothes year-round. Meanwhile, the fish factory closed long ago so there are no jobs. The villages along this eastern side of the Amu Darya river are worse off than on the western side because they don't have access to gas jobs or smuggling along the roads and train routes to Kazakhstan.