Kyrgyzstan

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On the outskirts of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan, thousands of people of the Luli minority (Dom Gypsies) live in poverty and relative isolation from their ethnic Kyrgyz neighbours. Members of this once nomadic group are struggling to provide for their families' basic needs. Photo gallery shows the portraits of the community.

During the Soviet era, authorities forced the Luli in Central Asia to stop their nomadic way of life and settle on plots of land provided by the state. Today, Luli children in Bishkek resort to begging to help their families get by.