Thursday, August 23, 2012

The smugglers of Central Asia

During the day, when Uzbek border guards patrol its streets, Mingdon is a sleepy Ferghana Valley town. But after night falls, Mingdon, a hamlet of 10,000 on Uzbekistan’s frontier with Kyrgyzstan, turns into a smugglers’ paradise.

From Kyrgyzstan come bundles of Chinese clothing, crates of electric Chinese appliances and an endless parade of Chinese comestibles. From Uzbekistan, smugglers ship fresh fruits and vegetables into Kyrgyzstan by the truckload. EuroAsia.Net

Smuggling is a fact of life in a border town. In my island in Indonesia, we smuggled cigarettes to Malaysia and we 'imported' sugar.  

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