On June 10, 2010, a riot burst in the second biggest city of Kyrgyzstan, Osh. At least 400 people were killed and hundreds injured. This massacre was targeting Uzbeks. Osh is located in the rich and green, though ethnically divided and tensed Fergana Valley. During the Soviet period, borders were drawn among three soviet subdivisions according to Stalin’s motto “divide and rule”. When the USSR collapsed, Osh was left with more than 60% of Uzbeks, enclaves within the three countries and a blurry non-recognized border in some parts of the region. Tajiks, Uzbeks and Kyrgyz’s are facing a growing feeling of nationalism in a land where people used to live together in peace.

The city of Osh

"Kyrgyz" tag in Jayma Bazaar, Osh

Reconstruction in Navaye mahalla

Murad's salon, Mounouyeva mahalla

The uzbek wedding of Iroda

Iroda, 18, on her wedding day


Iroda's aunt

Bus station, near the Uzbek border

New multi-ethnic buildings

The Palace of Sports, Bishkek

The park of Osh

A kyrgyz wedding in Osh

Kyrgyz singer at a party

Melis Myrzakmatov, mayor of Osh

Guard at the mayor's office

Political meeting in Osh

Osh police anti-riot drill

Osh policeman

On a break between drills

Osh police anti-riot drill

Policeman and his lunchtime

Otmök Pass in Jalal-Abad Province

Tajik women in Batken, Kyrgyzstan

Children playing with Lenin

New roads funded by European Union

New roads funded by European Union

Moving borders between Uzbek-Kyrgyz

President Roza Otunbaeva, unveiling

Kyrgyz woman at commemoration, Osh

Cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov, Osh

Disruption after the ceremony, Osh

Commemoration of June's events, Osh

Osh Airport, flying back