Wednesday, March 30, 2005
A Voice In Kyrgyzstan…
My friend who lives in Kyrgyzstan and works for a U.S. NGO emailed me to discuss the revolution taking place in her country. After nearly a week her optimism seems to be fading, and I don’t blame her. She’s on the ground, and it is her country. No matter how optimistic I may be for her plight, I’m not Kyrgyz and I’m not there. For comparison I’ve tried to imagine something like that happening in the US, but I can’t… thankfully it’s unimaginable.
Here's what she wrote:
Nothing is that seriously democratic yet. I think it is just fight for power. I don't think that a real opposition existed in KG. I don't think that Bakiev's views or values will make much of difference. Simply another 'politician' who will try to have all the property and make his own family rich the same as Akaev...
All parliamentarians and other government officials don't know what to do. Every hour decisions are changing.
Do you think people went to riot for true democracy? No one here doesn't go just for their will. People went because some different forces funded them, at least they were promised to be given some money. All of those were the people who had some financial interest coming. But then after storming the White House those people were not even mentioned. Mostly they were from southern regions. So they were frauded by false promises.
I can't be confident that the situation will be better if not worse. Though we all hope it will be better at some point. Akaev was not bad, and is friendly with other nations. He just was not honest and altered the elections. That's my point of view.
I am more or less good. Just a little nervous and I am fed up of all the gossips and rumors. All like to talk without reliable news.
As I’ve stated in previous posts, please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers. They’re just like you and me… wanting nothing more than a good job, opportunity, and the ability to raise their children in a safe and stable country.
If you want to pass any messages of encouragement to people in Kyrgyzstan, please email them to me and I’ll forward them to people who need it the most. Or you can leave a comment here and I’ll just cut and paste to email.
posted by El Capitan at 10:39 AM